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Twentieth Century Fun Box and sleight of hand props

Identifier: EPH 5058

Scope and Contents

One incomplete set of games originally issued as the ‘Twentieth Century Fun Box,’ along with unrelated game pieces and magic trick props. Games present and issued with the original ‘Fun Box’ set are: ‘Putting on the Lid’ (1 game board, 17 discs), ‘Amrest’ (1 game board), and ‘Naval Battle’ (1 game board). The ‘Fun Box’ was originally manufactured by Geo. B. Doan & Co., Chicago, and copyrighted in 1905.

The ‘Twentieth Century Fun Box’ is incomplete per description on box lid. However, additional early twentieth century amusements of various origin have been inserted into the original ‘Fun Box’ housing. These include miscellaneous game pieces (1 spinner, 1 ball, 2 pawns, 1 brass nozzle, 4 colored paper discs, one cardboard letter ‘E’, 1 steel ring), 4 sleight of hand tricks (1 orange wooden treen trick with blue disc inserted, 1 green sliding paper cylinder, 1 ‘DeKoven’s Delusion’ by Scientific Toy Co., 1 Chinese sticks trick), 1 folding children’s illustrated picture frame pamphlet trick, and 1 partial miniature card deck (16 cards).


  • Creation: 1905


Conditions Governing Access

The collection 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.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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‘Twentieth Century Fun Box’ directions for play included (1 folded sheet). Directions for ‘De Koven’s Delusion’ printed on the prop’s original box.


‘Base Ball’ game board originally issued with the 'Twentieth Century Fun Box' and most original ‘Fun Box’ game pieces lacking.

Jennifer Brcka
2019 September 25
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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