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McLoughlin Bros. "Logomachy or War of Words" Game, c.1889
Excellent "Logomachy or War of Words" card game, in original box, made by McLoughlin Bros., the renowned American printer and game manufacturer, c.1889. There was an earlier edition of this game in 1874.
John McLoughlin produced card games in New York as early as 1850. His first card games were attractively hand-painted, in what was an early form of an assembly line--the line drawings were passed from artist to artist with each one responsible for coloring in one of the colors. In 1858 McLoughlin formed McLoughlin Brothers, a company that was to manufacture what are considered today some of the most beautiful games ever published in the United States. McLoughlin Bros. reached its heyday in the 1880s and was a prolific manufacturer of games until the company was bought out by Milton Bradley in 1920.
As the title implies, "Logomachy or War of Words" is an early word building game. The game has 72 cards, each representing a letter of the alphabet, most of which are duplicated one or more times. Most Logomachy sets have a paper insert with rules for the game, but this set does not; I have copied instructions from another Logomachy set of the same vintage, and will include the copy instructions with this set. Each of the letter cards has an illustration. The “regular” cards have the same illustration – a child looking out a window at a bird on the branch of tree. In addition, there are “prize” and “double prize” cards with letters that are difficult to include in a word (i.e., X, Z, Q, etc.), and each of these has a unique illustration. The backs depict a cherub with bird, flowers, etc. The artwork is beautiful, as one would expect in a McLoughlin game. The cards are wide standard size cards with square corners, measuring 89mm x 64mm, and come in the original box.
The cards are in what I think should be described as very good to excellent condition, especially when one considers that this is a 125 year old children’s game. The cards are reasonably clean, with minimal soiling; there are 4 that have slight abrasions in the upper right hand corner (separately pictured). The corners are fine The box is in very good to excellent condition, structurally sound with embossing still bright and distinct, but with overall general wear.
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