- Museum number
- Object: Het Stoomboots Spel
Game-board with 60 numbered compartments, some with illustrations, a large illustration of a steamboat above the board and and the old gate of the city at number 60
- Production date
- 1813-1829 (Daane's trading dates at this address)
Height: 464 millimetres
Width: 361 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Gejus van Diggele provided the following information in March 2015:
"Game players make a trip by steam boat from Rotterdam to Dordrecht (Dordt) however it has to be the opposite direction since the Old Main Gate (De Oude Hooft Poort) on 60 was located in Rotterdam. It was demolished in 1856. On 26 we pass the town of IJsselmonde (Yselmonde) and on 42 Dordrecht (Dordt).
Since the invention of the steam engine and the first successful commercial use in 1807 it became a popular theme for games. The first steam boat company in The Netherlands, founded in 1823, was a commercial failure. Three years later, in 1826, the Amsterdam Steamboat Company opened a service between Amsterdam and Zaandam. This successful enterprise explains why at least ten different race games were inspired on the popularity of the steamboat in Holland.
Your game had an Amsterdam version as well. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam collection includes a printed sheet with rules of Het Stoomboots Spel based on the service between Amsterdam and Zaandam. This game was woodcut by Aron Hijman Binger and published by the well known Amsterdam Hendrik Moolenyzer who produced several games between 1883 and 1842."
The present Rotterdam game is probably later than the Amsterdam version.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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