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An Account of Peter Coddle's Visit to New York (ca. 1890)

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"The game of "Peter Coddle" in all its various editions was the most popular reading game of the 1880s and 1890s. The game was based around the story of a country boy's misadventures in New York City." (1)

Per the enclosed instructions: "The leader begins to read the narrative aloud. As often as he comes to a _____, he must pause and one of the players in turn must read from a card taken at random from his hand." The booklet then gives an 8 page story of a country boy named Peter Coddle and his adventures in the Big City. Example: "I had a great notion to see one of those big stores of which I had heard so much. I took an hour's walk through one of them. In this one they had ____, _____, _____, and ______." Four randomly chosen cards gave me these fill-in-the-blanks: A Safety Razor, His Satanic Majesty, A New Idea, and A Leaky Tea-kettle.

Amazingly enough, you can actually "play" Peter Coddle's Visit to New York online. (Yes, really!) Go here: http://www.hoxsie.org/petercoddlegame2.php Each time you refresh the page you will get a new set of fill-in-the-blanks.

(1) http://www.nyhistory.org/node/45685

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