Some board games in the Gamage's Catalogue for 1914 + new acquisitions for January 2017

On the brink of war in Europe, Gamage's (a very famous department store in London) published their catalogue for 1914. It is mostly full of furniture, clothes, bicycles, prams, etc., etc.. But they did have one page of board games, just the one page. I shall tell you about some of them. They did not name the publisher so that might be missing from my descriptions. And I apologise up front that I cannot make a better scan. I could do if I cut out the page but I don't want to do that.

My eye was drawn first to Advance Australia. I expect they sold a lot of items to ex-pats in the British Empire. The rules are not clear but they describe it as "An instructive Geographical Game on the lines of Ludo". That cannot be so, can it? Look at the board ! Maybe they were trying to say that it is of the same complexity as Ludo,

Next game is Spear's New Game of Nations and Flags. Looking at the picture I wonder if it played like H P Gibson's game called Military Whist. Both games were from the same era. Military Whist was still available 20 years late but this Spear's game seems to have sunk without trace.

Bob's, The New Bridge Game is an interesting one if only for the statement on the box front "A Popular Colonial Pastime". Again it confirms that many ex-pats would see it. The game itself has been made in various versions, a lot of them called Bobs. As the game mechanic is about rolling marbles through the arches of a bridge, I do not see the link to Bobs. Maybe it was originally made by Roberts Brothers, that is possible and gives the name as a link to their name.

Fox Hunting is certainly by Spears. They made the Game of Fox Hunting in 1912 and this looks identical except that they have shortened the name. I am pretty sure that the game was probably made 75 years earlier, a game that had a linen board. I cannot recall the name but I am sure someone will tell me.

Finally I come to a real oddity. Billiardette, The New Table Game is described as "A Game of Skill for those who cannot afford the room for Billiards". Unless you owned a Stately Home, that would apply to almost everybody I would have thought. And you could buy this handsome wooden-framed game for the princely sum of eight shillings and sixpence.

Now to games that have arrived here this month...... .

Das Orakel von Delphi

Pegasus

2016

Aksente

Pro Futura

2002

Momox

Spear-Spiel

1972

Istanbul

Pegasus

2014

Wörterklauer

Ravensburger

1975

Petzi und seine Freunde

Schmidt

1983

Sing ein Lied

Schmidt

1989

Die Herr der Ringe: Die Gefährten

Kosmos

2001

 

Der Schatz der Inka

Ravensburger

1987

2 mit Kopf & Pfote: Auf Spuren-suche!

Schmidt

1990

Darf ich diese Beeren Essen

Lehrmittel Pössneck

1988

Gemälde-Quartett: Berühmter Meister

Sala-Spiele

1920

Karree

Berlinplast

1988

Burst

Amigo

2012

Dichter-Quartett

O.M. Hausser

1920

Benjamin Blümchen: Sicher mit dem Fahrrad

Blatz

1995

Vega

Peri

1993

Wort-Tüftel

MB Spiele

1994

Das U-30 Quiz

M.I.C. Günther

2008

 

Wartburgstadt Eisenach

Lehrmittel Pössneck

1974

Turnt alle mit!

Lehrmittel Pössneck

1979

Tiere des Waldes

ASS

1955

Club 6 Jeux

Nathan

1977

Scharfe Schoten

Zoch

2014

Kopfsalat

Ravensburger

2002

Raus

Plasticart

1970

Spiel Spass x Drei

Piatnik

1960

Der Schuh des Manitu

Ravensburger

2002

Hoppla jetzt komm ich

Franz Schmidt

1933

Mühle und Dame

Schmidt

1960

Wer springt besser als ich?

Gerla

1960

 

Party Time

Ravensburger

2001

Die Ökolis

Ravensburger

1993

Think Mindpack

Ravensburger

1997

Garfield's Lieblingsspiel

FX Schmid

1978

Komponisten-Quartett

O.M. Hausser

1920

 

Hurrs, ein Parkplatz!

Noris

1960

 

 

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