BLOCKS OF FIVE OR THE ADMINISTRATIVE PUZZLE. BLAINE IS IN. HOW CAN HARRISON GET HIM OUT?

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Blocks of Five or the Administrative Puzzle. Blaine is in. How can Harrison get him out?



Some wear on the blocks but otherwise good.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 99205
Price: SOLD
Publisher : Published by the Ives, Blakeslee & Co.
An absolutely charming, 4” x 4” wooden block puzzle issued by the New York World in 1890. The game challenges the player to slide the blocks to spell out either "Harrison" or "J.G. Blaine" in the middle. At the time, Blaine was President Harrison's Secretary of State after twice failing to secure the presidency as the Republican Standard-Bearer. Harrison had won the office, as a Republican, the previous year and would set about a host of reforms that had the sensationalist newspaper question who was really running the office! The New York World was a newspaper published in New York City from 1860 until 1931 and was a leading national voice of the Democratic Party. From 1883 to 1911 under publisher Joseph Pulitzer, it was a pioneer in yellow journalism with sensation, sports, sex and scandal and pushing its daily circulation to the one-million mark in competition with William Randolph Hearst’s new empire. Interestingly, this bit of propaganda, an 19th century example fo negative politics, offered a $100 prize to the “person who does this Puzzle in the shortest time.” Apparently that award was never proffered! 18th-19th Century Subjects , Caricatures and Satirical , Political