Happy Feature Friday, everyone! Shall we play a game? No, not that one. How about this week's feature, "The Game of the District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded?"
The Messenger Boy game was produced in 1886 by the McLoughlin Brothers of New York. Like many games of the Victorian era, it taught moral or societal lessons that society wanted to enforce. In the case of Messenger Boy, the game enforced the American capitalist system that said regardless of background, merit, enterprise, and hard work would be rewarded.
The game could be played with up to four players, who worked to advance from applicant and training school all the way up to company president. Spaces such as "Ambition," "Neatness," and "Discipline" were rewards, but spaces like "Laziness," "Stupidity," and "Carelessness" would send players back in the game.
Our game was donate by May Stanford Perry. On the back of the game box "Harry Fisher from Aunt Lizzie" is written.