Franklin

The overland mail from England to India.

Other Title:
Game of the overland mail : England to India
Trip to India
Publication:
Dartford, Kent : Printed and published by J. A. Reeves, [between 1850 and 1853]
Format/Description:
3D object
1 game : col. illustrations ; 26 x 124 cm folded to 26 x 15 cm.
Subjects:
Postal service -- India -- Foreign mail -- Pictorial works.
Postal service -- Great Britain -- Foreign mail -- Pictorial works.
Board games -- Specimens.
Board games -- England -- 19th century.
Middle East -- Views -- Pictorial works.
India -- Views -- Pictorial works.
Form/Genre:
Games.
Place of Publication:
England London.
Summary:
A board game for a race between players as they attempt to follow the nearly 8000 mile route of the overland mail from England to India. Players start their race from Southampton and finish up at Calcutta, after crossing the desert from Cairo to the Red Sea; views along the way include the River Tagus, Gibraltar, Algiers, Malta, Alexandria, Cairo (where the overland section begins the crossing of the sands to Suez) and then on to Calcutta by the Red Sea, Jeddah, Mocha and Ceylon. The game was originally issued with counters and tetotum. Cf. Bookseller's description (Marlborough Books)
Notes:
Title from gameboard.
The board consists of two sheets running lengthwise atop one another creating a panoramic view of lithographic images. The continuous strips are mounted on a linen backing to form eight panels which were intended to be used as a board when the sections are unfolded.
Probable date range based on the years the diorama was exhibited at Illustrated Gallery.
Online version of game available via Bodleian Library.
The images in the game were based on a series of drawings illustrating noteworthy views along the route of the overland mail from England to India, on exhibit from 1850-1853 at the Illustrated Galley in London. The moving diorama was painted by J. Absolon, T. Grieve, W. Telbin, and J.F. Herring and was also issued in a book entitled: The route of the overland mail to India. London : Atchley, 1850. According to Muir the game may have been sold as a souvenir at the Illustrated Gallery.
Game board is accompanied by a facsimile of the original rule card with a description of the game and a list of rules. Card bears title: The game of the overland mail : England to India.
At head of gameboard: A trip to India.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Rosengarten Family Fund.
Penn Chronology:
1850-1853 (between)
Cited in:
Muir, P. Children's books of yesterday, no. 207
Contributor:
J. & A. Reeves, printer.
Rosengarten Family Fund.
OCLC:
939214716
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