The late 1800’s Game of Bull by J.H. Singer demonstrates a changing time of games. Those of earlier age, like the Mansion of Happiness or the Checkered Game of Life, focused on moral values and provided lessons to life. These types of games gave way to other, more casual, and leisurely fun games.
Families continued to enjoy games with educational and spiritual aspects, but games played didn’t have to include these qualities. The Game of Bull is an example of this. With its gambling appeal, it is one which could be considered a bit on the edge for the time.
Although the J.H. Singer game company manufactured games for only a short time span, their colorful boxes and boards competed well with the other larger game companies of Mcloughlin Bros., Milton Bradley, or Parker Brothers during the period. The movement from beautifully hand painted games to just as colorful, but cheaper, lithography, afforded the increased production of games, and offered widespread entertainment. Singer took advantage of this while producing wonderful imaged games; such as the Game of Bo Beep, Steeplechase, or Cash. The Game of Bull, today, is also appreciated. It sits well on a shelf with the other collectible games of Mcloughlin Bros. or Milton Bradley.
I love playing the vintage board game of Picture Picture. It was produced by Western Publishing Co. in 1992 and challenges players to see things differently than other players! It’s great practice for us Treasure Hunters who need to see and think past the ordinary. The game can be found on eBay from time to time, and if purchased, it will surely bring lots of fun to a family game night.
----more of an excerpt: To play, one picture is chosen from the stack and placed in the frame. On the flip of the timer, each player begins writing answers to objects he sees in the image. A player attempts to find in the picture one item that starts with each letter of the alphabet. After time is up, answers are compared, and a player receives a point for only the answers no other players have given.
This is where creativity and seeing things differently matters. Everyone might see the Trombone and use it for the letter T. However it could be used for M as a musical instrument or just I (instrument). This allows the more common T to be used for something that might be more difficult to see, like Ticket or Tag or Thumb. Another example is the Chair. Instead of Chair, maybe write Cushion.
There was a game from the 1960's called "Fu Man Chu's Hidden Hoard' mentioned in it. Seemed to be right up a treasure hunters alley as it revolves around finding hidden treasure.
Do you know of it, Jenny?
Oh Thank you! I know of it now, and will be on a look out for one. Sounds like it would be a treasure just to find! Very cool!
Although I've shared a few games on MW, my larger game site is here: allaboutfunandgames.com/ I'm not any where near done sharing all the old games I have on it...and probably never will be as I continue to add to my collection.
Thank you so much for the great article, the pictures, and the links. Games of all types are especially important to my family as we never, ever celebrate a holiday without our GAMETIME. If the weather is nice, the games are moved outside. Much laughter, joking, nibbling on goodies, and of course competitiveness is how I would describe our family's get-togethers. If you ask my grandchildren what is the most special thing about going to Grandma's house is, they all reply "PLAYING GAMES!" Makes me feel good. I create alot of the games and give prizes and ALL are expected to participate - young and old. Like for Easter one year, everyone got a small tin of playdough when they arrived and they had to create a sculpture of rabbit before I would serve the dinner. I got to judge, of course (it's MY game!) - my oldest son won with his "playboy bunny."
We play cards - board games - dice games (yes a little bit of gambling and even the younguns get to play) - never a dull moment - never a moment without laughter and smiles.
I defintely may have to order the Fu Manchu game - looks fun. And I saw some others you mentioned that intrigued me. Learning CAN be fun!
Do you suppose that Forrest included some real pieces of eight in the TC? Wouldn't that be just simply awesome. I think the number 8 is most definitely an important clue.