Board game:The Shop Boy

J.H. Singerca. 1890

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Several game manufacturers produced board games, in the late nineteenth century, patterned after the "rags to riches" juvenile literature written by Horatio Alger during this same period. These games all bear similar titles and game play involves beginning as a baseline laborer and persevering until one player becomes the president or boss of the whole business. The games doubtless appealed to game-buying parents who hoped their children might learn from them, similar to encouraging children to read Alger's fiction. J.H. Singer's "The Shop Boy" is just one version that firm produced. It is smaller and simpler than some other examples they made.

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  • Title: Board game:The Shop Boy
  • Creator: J.H. Singer
  • Date Created: ca. 1890
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Subject Keywords: boy
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, cardboard


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