Board game:Dreamland Wonder Resort Game

Parker Brothersca. 1910

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Historians have long discussed the importance and influence of amusement parks on the development of American leisure and culture. And most agree that Brooklyn's Coney Island, once home to at least three major parks, represents the most architypical American amusement park. Parker Brothers game manufacturers capitalized on the popularity of the Coney Island parks with a board game, during the early 20th century, called "Dreamland." This was also the name of the largest and most infamous of the parks because it opened in 1902 and burned almost completely to the ground in 1911, never to rebuild. Parker's game draws imagery from the more popular Luna Park as well, including the box cover design which resembles one of Luna's main gates, where visitors entered through a clown's gaping mouth.

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  • Title: Board game:Dreamland Wonder Resort Game
  • Creator: Parker Brothers
  • Date Created: ca. 1910
  • Location: Salem, MA
  • Subject Keywords: Coney Island, clown, gate
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, wood
  • Object ID: 114.31680