McLoughlin Bros. games

Known early on for "revamping" popular European juvenile game, Mcloughlin also created such staples as "Pilgrims Progress", "Fish Pond", "Peter Coddle", and "Jack Straws". Lithograph paper-on-wood construction toys included the Palmer Cox Brownie series, also alphabet blocks and numerous educational toys.

McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm active between 1858 and 1920. Scottish immigrant John McLoughlin founded a small print shop in 1828 in Brooklyn, New York. After a few decades in business, the company became popular lithographic printers of children's books and toys. Par for the era, the company integrated religious topics into their products in an attempt to teach children proper behavior and religious beliefs. The company was a pioneer in color printing technologies in children's books. The company specialized in retellings or bowdlerizations of classic stories for children.

The artistic and commercial roots of the McLoughlin firm were first developed by John McLoughlin, Jr. who made his younger brother Edmund McLoughlin a partner in 1855. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items including cheap chapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls. Many of the earliest and most valuable board games in America were produced by McLoughlin Brothers of New York. In 1920 the corporation was sold to Milton Bradley & Company. McLoughlin ceased game production at this time, but continued publishing their picture books.

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What's your Mcloughlin worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

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Comments (4)
Sabin - March 23, 2019
I have original McLoughlin Brothers Publishers (1886) 68 pages is it rare...You Need to see some pictures
I'm sorry, I have no idea. I know there are a lot of 1886 reprints for sale for about 40-50 USD, but couldn't find an original one. You might want to contact a book appraiser.
Roger - February 2, 2018
I have a 1890s Mcloughlin Royal Board complete with board. It is The Royal India board game. I cannot find one that is complete. It came out before it was called Parcheesi. Can you give me an estimate of price range?
I'm not an expert on board games. Board games by McLoughlin from the late 1800s fetch between 35-1500 USD. Boards only from your game fetch around 30-50 USD so a complete set maybe 100-250.
Brad - August 8, 2015
I have discovered a McLoughlin Bros game box. It states "The New Game", "Politica". Copyright 1888. Cannot find any information. Also have game board and partial instructions. Cards and ?? missing in box. Any information is appreciated. Brad
Not sure... Found this page though: Politica game.
Eagleport - February 13, 2013
trying to assess value to a wood frame 1901 McLoughlin Bros. New York game board. This dual sided. Top side has checkers, chinese checkers, and bowling games. Bottom side has game for what looks like "around the world" game. Any idea of value?
No I am sorry, maybe if you send me some pics (see 'links' for contact details) I can find some info.