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Object ID 001701

Object Name Improved Game of Fish Pond

Object Desc Large interactive fishing board game called "Fish Pond." Labeled as the improved version.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001360

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Game


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 8

Object Date 1896

Start Year Range 1890

End Year Range 1920

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Fish Pond,board games,McLoughlin Brothers,games,fishing,boxes,

Title Improved Game of Fish Pond

Description Large, paper-covered wooden box with game inside. Top cover (a) features image of several people along with two children out on a sailing boat, fishing. Several fish are wildly jumping out of the water to the right of the sailboat. When removed, the cover has detailed instructions and lists the number of components, players, etc. to play Fish Pond. The part of the box that the game is played with (c) has an image of a small pond with frogs and small fish swimming around, and has multiple slits for the cardboard fish (h) to be placed in before being caught by small fishing poles (d-g). Game pieces are held by base of box (b). Each box component is made of wood and cardboard. Girls names and the year 1896 written underneath cover. There are four intact fishing poles (d-g) of the original 6. (16.75'') 49 of the original 54 (h) fish are intact.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3

Length 18.5

Width 12.5

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 CMY1360a-h



Date MAR 11,2014

Summary Poor

Assessor Ben Locke

Notes Heavy edgewear, tearing, and pencil marks throughout. Game clearly used quite a bit. Missing 5 fish and two fishing poles. Most of the fish are worn from use. Game board has signs of heavy use. A lot of the box components are warped. Bottom part box base is starting to give out.


Date MAR 11,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 17 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 8 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin