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The Errand Boy: or, Failure and Success

Identifier: EPH 5046

Scope and Contents

One game for two to four players, manufactured by McLoughlin Brothers, New York. Players spin and move pieces across a board designed to represent the advancement of an errand boy from ‘applicant’ to ‘banker.’ Players are able to advance through the game when landing on numbered spaces corresponding with virtues (such as ‘Honesty’ and ‘Confidence,’) or job promotions, and are penalized when landing on numbered spaces corresponding with vices (such as ‘Gambling’ and ‘Drunkenness’). The first player who reaches square 44, depicting a well-dressed banker, wins the game.


  • Copyright: 1900


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The item is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

McLoughlin Brothers, a children’s publisher noted for their pioneering use of color printing, also produced highly-illustrated playing cards, blocks, and games during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. McLoughlin Brothers manufactured several morality-based board games, like The Errand Boy, which were both similarly titled and thematically analogous to Horatio Alger's novels.


1 box (1 game (1 board, 4 pieces, 1 spinner)) : cardboard, metal, wood, color ; 35 x 37 cm board built into 38 x 36 x 3 cm box


Title and rules of play printed inside box lid.

Jennifer Brcka
2019 September 11
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556