Antique Peter Coddle's Trip to New York by Peter G. Thomson (c. 1882) A Victorian Game

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It's not often a parlor game from Victorian times survives all these years! This is Peter Coddle's Trip to New York, which according to the booklet inside the box is a "A comical combination of curious circumstances for 100 evenings." It was published by Peter G. Thomson in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The premise of the game is that the printed cards are distributed evenly among everyone, except one player, that player reads from the story. Then when the reader reaches a 'blank' in the story, the player to their left reads from one of their cards. And every time the reader gets to another blank in the story, the next player reads from one of their cards. In this game it's all about the story so there are no winners or losers. Can you imagine the laughs that came from playing a game like this?


You will be receiving the original box, approximately 100 cards (we didn't count them), and the story booklet.


The outside box sleeve is approximately 4 1/4 inches high by 3 1/4 wide by 1 inch.

The booklet is approximately 4 inches high by a little more than 2 1/2 inches wide.

The cards are rectangular in shape and measure about a little more than 2 1/2 inches wide by a little over 1/2 inch tall.


The box is faded from age and shows signs of wear. The edges are starting to split on the sleeve. The box that the contents go into is still in pretty good condition, signs of wear, however all the corners and edges are intact. 

The booklet is fragile and all the pages that are present are loose. It's unknown if it was bound at one time. There are only 16 pages to the story, we aren't sure if there were more pages or not, though based on the last page and the story, 16 pages may have been the whole story.

The cards are in very good condition for their age. There are five cards that we found to be slightly worse for wear. One has a crease, Two wear ripped or cut and two are missing some paper on the front. The cards are a light blue color on the back.

Please see the photos for more details, including a photo of the five cards that have some damage.