Card game:Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Peter G. Thomsonca. 1900

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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 Cincinnati firm, Peter G. Thomson, made this version of the Peter Coddle game. The image of Peter on the box cover has some of the standard iconography, including an umbrella and briefcase.

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  • Title: Card game:Peter Coddle's Trip to New York
  • Creator: Peter G. Thomson
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Location: Cincinnati, OH
  • Subject Keywords: Peter Coddle, man, word
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed cardstock, printed paper, cardboard


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