The New Pretty Village. Church Set. New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1897.
The McLoughlin Brothers dominated both the picture book and game markets in late 19th-century America, and The New Pretty Village is a wonderful example of McLoughlin’s halcyon era. This segment of the ideal suburban village includes cardboard models of a church, a stately house, a cozy cottage, and a florist’s greenhouse, along with trees, bushes, and villagers that can be posed on metal perches. The chromolithographed box shows the church set in its visual context with other village segments. It is truly rare to get a McLoughlin game in such great condition, and the AAS curator of graphic arts, Lauren Hewes, and I are inspired to collect the entire village, as acquisition funds permit!
Purchased from Helen Younger. Linda & Julian Lapides and Harry G. Stoddard Memorial Funds.