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The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games Hardcover – March 1, 2003
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pastimes: Their sales have doubled in the last year alone! And if
your idea of a great game is Chutes & Ladders or Risk, they go to
jail and do not pass go. Margaret K. Hofer's nifty volume brings
together more than 100 eye-popping examples of rare and popular
board games, organized by theme, such as sports, courtship and
travel. The late 19th century and early 20th century games here are drawn from more than 500 such gems from The New York
Historical Society's tremendous collection. What's most fascinating (besides the glorious color photos) is being reminded
that as much as times change, some things (like games) don't. Take "The Elite Conversation Cards," manufactured in 1887. Think of it as a vintage "20 Questions" or a host of other games that can be found at Toys R Us .... courting couples "break the ice" with cards that ask such deep, thought-provoking questions
such as "Are you inclined to boss the house?" and "Have you ever
been in love?" Pass the dice, please.
"The Games We Played" does an excellent job of showing the changes wrought in American society reflected in board games. The rise of urbanization, development of a transportation infrastructure, and the nascent consumerism all are described via the illustrations. This is not an in depth social history, but association of major nineteenth century events, and how they affected games is pointed out. The illustrations alone are almost worth the price of the book, as they are practically works of art (in an era before lithographs, game art was hand painted by factory workers). The only weak areas of the book are the two chapters about travel; neither is more than a few pages, and the narrative is not of the level of the others in this work. Overall, if one has any interest in games, or social history this is worth considering.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I expected a little more analysis and historical context, this book is an excellent coffee table book on the history of board games.Published 1 month ago by John Osborne
I expected an indepth review of board games through the years. It's just a brief, brief description of them. Disappointing.Published on October 15, 2013 by Patricia A. Ball
I am very happy to have bought this book; I have no regret whatsoever.
Exactly what I was looking for since I am a fan of vintage board games.
This is not a review of the book in question but rather an invitation to explore the topic more thoroughly. Visit www . boardgamegeek . Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Greg Berry