I often wonder about the characters who lived in this grand house decades ago. What were their lives like? Now and then, we get a tiny peek – whether it is a date etched in the cement, a name scribbled on the back of a baseboard, or a small discovered treasure.
When we were removing what we think was a built-in wooden laundry box/hamper from Chloe’s closet, we found some tiny cards that had been tucked behind the wood. At some point, they must have fallen through the space between the box and the wall. There are four cards that appeared to be part of some kind of game. Chloe did a bit of research, and she found out that they were from a board game called Uncle Wiggily.
More research uncovered that this was a game that was created in 1916. Apparently it was based on a book series and Uncle Wiggily was one of the characters. According to the website www.gameaisle.com, Howard Garis, an American writer, created a series that ran daily in the Newark News. The series had a cast of characters including an elderly rabbit (Uncle Wiggily Longears) and friends: Baby Bunny, Skiller Scaller, Alligator, and Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy. January 10, 1910 marked the first day of the series’ publication and it eventually became nationally syndicated with over 15,000 stories during its run. The popular series spawned a board game, which was first introduced in 1916 by Milton Bradley. The cards we found look similar to following online images of the original game (circa 1916-1920).
Sometimes something as small as a couple of game pieces can provide a whimsical glimpse into the past.