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Skunk Game

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A “Skunk” dice game made by W.H. Schaper Manufacturing Company, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1950-1960.

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Perquackey Game

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

A Perquackey word game made by Lakeside Industries, a division of Leisure Dynamics, Incorporated of Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1970-1980. Used by the Thomas Thompson family of Minneapolis.

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“Acquire” Board Game

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Board game “ACQUIRE” labeled “HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE / WORLD OF HIGH FINANCE”. The game was made by 3M Company as part of the bookshelf game series the company published from 1962 to 1974. The object of this strategy game is to acquire the greatest wealth. The game is enclosed in a slipcase designed to look like a bound book and stands upright on a shelf for storage. Components include a game board and corresponding hotel tiles, lettered plastic chain markers, stock certificates, information cards, and paper money. This edition is copyrighted 1968.

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Chess set

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Civil War chess set

Chess set used during the Civil War by District Judge Henry G. Hicks of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who served as a First Lieutenant with the 93rd Illinois Regiment. One white pawn is missing from the set.  The collapsible board folds along a central seam, allowing both it and its chessmen to fit into the matching box.

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“New Frontier” anti-JFK board game

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I recently came across what is now one of my favorite things in the Collection:  a board game entitled “New Frontier.”  This witty, politically-inspired game offers a spin on the popular Parker Brothers game MONOPOLY, complete with its own currency (Jack scrip), real estate (including “Humphrey’s Hot-Air Heating Co.” and the “Deficit Finance Co.”), and a GO square (here called the “Seat of Government”, where you “move fawhwad” through the “leadership gap” only by paying $2000 Jack in taxes).

The game was copyrighted in 1962, shortly after President John F. Kennedy took office on January 20, 1961, after winning a close election against Richard Nixon.  Kennedy first used the term “New Frontier” during his speech at the 1960 Democratic National Convention (by griffiths at www.dresshead.com).  The term became a slogan representing the campaign and, later, the Kennedy Administration’s goals of eradicating poverty and propelling the space program.

The board game, “The Game Nobody Can Win” is the self-proclaimed “Funniest Political Game of the Century!” and game equipment includes a “Pad of paper to print your own money (There’s not enough Jack in existence to finance New Frontier).”  This game speaks for itself—the instructions read, in part: “….An educational exercise for all registered voters…Under the New Frontier business profits are pitilessly taxed away and all players eventually go bankrupt and have their properties socialized…”

Ironic or simply hilarious, this game not only offers commentary on 1960s politics, but illustrates many parallels to current political debates in this presidential election year.

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See the game on Collections Online.

Sondra Reierson, Collections Assistant

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Anti-John F. Kennedy board game

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Anti-J.F.K board game

“New Frontier” board game, “The game nobody can win,” designed by Colorful Products, Inc.  The game is an anti-John F. Kennedy, anti-socialist “twist” on the Monopoly board game published by Parker Brothers.  The front of the package reads, “The Funniest Political Game of the Century!” over the silhouette of a rocking chair labeled “J.F.K.”  The game board contains references to Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Edward Murrow, et al.  The game was packaged by the Occupational and Training Center of Help for Retarded Children, Inc.

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Forest Ranger board game

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Forest Ranger board game

Forest Ranger board game manufactured in 1940.  The game consists of a paperboard box; an instruction sheet; play money; game cards, and a paperboard game board.  The box lid and game board read, “The Forest Ranger Game in connection with [Civilian Conservation Corps] Camps” and feature color illustrations of a forest fire, a ranger cabin and a fire tower.

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Baseball board game

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Baseball board game

Baseball board game manufactured by the 3M Company in 1966.  The game’s box contains a board and play chart, along with the following pieces:  spinner card; balls/strikes/outs card; red plastic dice; pencil; black plastic game pieces; red plastic game pieces; blue and white cards; red and white cards; and a game brochure.

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