Card game:Peter Coddle And His First Trip to New York

McLoughlin Bros.ca. 1890

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

A very early and popular card game was a version of "Peter Coddle and his Visit to New York." More of a party or group amusement than a standard game, it involves one player telling (reading) a story. Other players, having drawn "cards," or slips of paper printed with nouns, fill in the blanks of the story as the reader arrives at them. Hilarity often results from the nonsensical story. The "Peter Coddle" version may have been developed by New York's McLoughlin Brothers, but other game makers created their own version, often spelling the name differently, or changing the city. Images of Peter on the game box cover often present him as a country bumpkin astounded by the city sights. Mad Libs is a modern game which operates in a somewhat similar way.

A McLoughlin Brothers version of Peter Coddle, this game shows much of the typical iconography on its box cover. Peter is shown with a beard, straw hat, umbrella, and a briefcase.

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  • Title: Card game:Peter Coddle And His First Trip to New York
  • Creator: McLoughlin Bros.
  • Date Created: ca. 1890
  • Location: New York
  • Subject Keywords: Peter Coddle, man, word
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed cardstock, printed paper, cardboard
  • Object ID: 107.26540