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A Cycle Game

Board Game
ca. 1900 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This game is played in a similar way to Snakes and Ladders, but the directions are actually printed on the playing surface in the illustrated circles and squares. There are 100 playing spaces altogether and 21 of these are illustrated. The design takes the form of a cycle race. Unlike the usual form of Snakes and Ladders, the start of play is at the top left-hand corner of the game, and the end is at the bottom right.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Chromolithograph, mounted on card
Brief Description
Board race game, A Cycle Game, published in England in about 1900
Physical Description
Design: chromolithograph mounted on card and backed with dark red paper; folded in half

No. of squares: 100

Squares illustrated: 21 (see note)

Square numbering: all

Squares titled: 21

Subject of starting square: ?

Subject of ending square: ?
Dimensions
  • Height: 37.6cm
  • Width: 37.6cm
Object history
There are 10 circular pictures and 11 square ones and each of them has directions for play, ie forfeits and rewards.

The print and design looks as if it may have been a Globe Series rather than a Chad Valley game
Historical context
Rewards: divided between the 21 illustrated squares with the forfeits

Forfeits: see above

No. of Players: any

Equipment required: markers for each player

dice



Rules:

The game is similar to Snakes and Ladders but the directions are actually printed on the surface in the illustrated circles and squares.



Rules placement: on playing surface
Production
Globe Series possibly
Summary
This game is played in a similar way to Snakes and Ladders, but the directions are actually printed on the playing surface in the illustrated circles and squares. There are 100 playing spaces altogether and 21 of these are illustrated. The design takes the form of a cycle race. Unlike the usual form of Snakes and Ladders, the start of play is at the top left-hand corner of the game, and the end is at the bottom right.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.422-1981

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record createdMarch 4, 2000
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