Antique Game Of The District Messenger Boy (1886) Mcloughlin Bros - Board Only
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Antique Game Of The District Messenger Boy (1886) Mcloughlin Bros - Board Only:
Very cool and very old Game of the District Messenger Boy game board from 1886. This game was published by McLoughlin Brothers (bought out by Milton Bradley in 1920) and is one of the first American board games that did not focus on moral values but the concept that a messenger boy could climb his way to president of a telegraph company. Wikipedia says the following about the game:
"The Game of the District Messenger Boy; or, Merit Rewardedis a board game publishedby McLoughlin Brothers in 1886. Players race their tokens around a track as lowly messenger boys. The first player to reach the Head of the Firm space at track's end is the winner. The game is one of the earliest American games to insinuate (suggest as truth) that social status is increased with the accumulation of wealth. Prior to its publication, Christian virtueas a means to a better life was the focus of American board games such as The Mansion of Happiness. Variants ofDistrict Messenger BoyincludeThe Game of the Messenger Boy.Competitive, materialsitic board games culminated in 1935 withMonopoly."
It is a 127 year-old game and certainly shows it's age, particularly around the edges, but still maintains the integrity of the game and is not warped at all. Instructions are included at the bottom of the board. If framed, it would be a fabulous addition to any game or rec. room. It could even still be played with just a single die and game pieces from any other game. Board measures 16 1/4" x 17". I have tried to provide as many pictures as possible to give you a good sense of the board's condition.
No returns and sold AS IS, but I am happy to answer any questions or provide additional pictures. I'm a new seller and want to make sure you are pleased with your purchase.