In 1904, the Snyder Bros. of Elmira put out a new card game called Trolley. It was marketed as “Society’s Card Game for 1904,” and it seemed to have sold fairly well. In 1906, according to Geyer’s Stationer (a trade publication), while sales of new card games of any kind had been down for the past two seasons, Trolley was having very good success. After 1907, however, the game seems to disappear into the mists of history.
|Trolley card game made by Snyder Bros. of Elmira|
Brothers Claude and William Snyder established the Snyder Bros. Printing Company in 1893 in a small building at 405 Baldwin Street. Both brothers had gotten their start in printing in the 1880s working at the Elmira Telegram. Among other things, their company printed the programs for the Lyceum Theater. The company was successful from early on and quickly expanded. Just a year after its founding, it moved into a larger space at 109 N. Main Street. It moved again in 1898 to the Wyckoff Building on West Water Street. Finally, in 1910, the brothers decided to build their own building for the company at 111-114 North Main Street. Snyder Bros. stayed there until 1948 when it finally closed. At the time of its closing, it was one of the oldest businesses in Elmira.
indicates the Snyder Building on North|
Main Street shortly after it was built in 1910
|The six categories of Trolley cards|
|Trolley game advertisement, Star-Gazette, April 15, 1904|
versions of Trolley cards in CCHS’s collection|
The bottom cards have advertising on both sides
|Trolley game advertisement, American Stationer, December 10, 1904|
has two versions of Trolley with different instructions.|
Snyder Bros. Game Co. is listed on the larger box, so it may
be the newer version of the game, though the instructions didnot seem that much simpler to me.