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Card game:Peter Coddle

Milton Bradley Companyca. 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-named version may have been developed by New York's McLoughlin Brothers, but other game makers created their own versions, 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 city sights. The contemporary game Mad Libs operates in a somewhat similar way.

A Milton Bradley version of the card game Peter Coddle, this example shows a simple profile of the Peter character's face with his beard.

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  • Title: Card game:Peter Coddle
  • Creator: Milton Bradley Company
  • Date Created: ca. 1900
  • Location: Springfield, MA
  • Subject Keywords: Peter Coddle, man, word
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed cardstock, printed paper, cardboard


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