In addition to television and the TV dinners that we ate while watching our favorite shows, board games were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. At least one evening a week, families would gather around a table, or they would sit on the floor to play a game together rather than watching what was on the tube. Almost none of those games had an electronic component. The games were designed for specific age groups, so there were some for elementary school youngsters, others for teenagers and even more for adults to play.
Rather than creating new verbiage, I’m taking the liberty of quoting from the same Milton Bradley advertisement as shown in the headline.
“Go-To-The-Head-Of-The-Class” keeps the whole family entertained evening after evening — gives youngsters the big thrill of “stumping” their elders. A sure hit with everyone 10 and over.
Yes, it’s easy to have your whole family looking forward eagerly to evenings at home together — and just as easy to give guests the kind of evening that makes your home the first choice for fun at its best! Modern, fast-moving games exclusive with Milton Bradley are the secret — games that ought to go on your Christmas shopping list right now — at prices from $1.00 to $2.50!
Dozens of games of every kind — action games — “talking” games — games of chance, bear the famous trademark of Milton Bradley, America’s pioneer in games. Every one is a top fun-maker in its class – and they’re ready for you now at your favorite toy, department or variety store. Remember, you’re sure of the best in fun wherever you see this Milton Bradley emblem.
The ad goes on to mention several specific games that had just been introduced as follows:
These modern games set a lively pace
Game of the States: It’s fun for 8 to 15-year-olds to deliver the goods and sell them for profit from coast to coast in competition with friends in the exciting “Game of the States.”
Finally, here’s a photomontage of some of my favorite games … or at least some of the games that my family owned and played many years ago.
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