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Object ID 001307

Object Name Improved Historical Cards Trivia Game

Object Desc Trivia/teaching game by McLoughlin Brothers with historical facts about a variety of topics. There are 118 cards in this set, unknown if any are missing.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001117a-c

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Game


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Toy Window Exhibit

Object Date 1884

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords trivia,games,McLoughlin Brothers,history,toys,card games,

Title Improved Historical Cards Trivia Game

Description Box is blue with white and faded yellow decoration. Reads: Improved Historical Cards. Copyrighted 1884 by Freeman and Riddle. Manufacturers label is covered by some sort of label. Research points to the McLoughlin Brothers as the makers of this game. Top cover of box (a) measures 4.5'' x 5.75'' and is 1.25 '' high Base of the box (b) is the same measurement as above Inside are 118 trivia cards (c) which measure 2.5'' x 4.25''


Approx Collection Date

Height 1.75

Length 5.75

Width 4.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker McLoughlin Brothers

Maker Details McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm active between 1828[1] and 1920. The company was a pioneer in color printing technologies in children's books.[2] The company specialized in retellings or bowdlerizations of classic stories for children. The artistic and commercial roots of the McLoughlin firm were first developed by John McLoughlin, Jr. (18271905) who made his younger brother Edmund McLoughlin (1833 or 4-1889) a partner in 1855. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items, including cheap chapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls. Many of the earliest and most valuable board games in America were produced by McLoughlin Brothers of New York. In 1920 the corporation was sold to Milton Bradley & Company. McLoughlin ceased game production at this time, but continued publishing their picture books.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1117a-c



Date JAN 23,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes The cover of the box is quite damaged with tears, tape repair, and edgewear throughout. All corners on the base of the box are worn down, and it is unsure if there are any cards missing from the set.


Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 14,2015

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On Exhibit from On-Site Collection Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date JAN 14,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Toy Window Exhibit from Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin