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Board Games and Toys of the 1920s
Transcript of Board Games and Toys of the 1920s
By: Thomas Wisnieski, Clayton Spray, and Ethan Carlson
Wizard of Oz
Invented in 1921 by the Parker Brothers. It was not their first Oz game. It was published 18 years before movie version came out, so was based on the entire Oz series.
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The first modern train set was created in 1921 by Linonel Trains. The company was founded and the electric train was invented by Joshua Lionel Cohen. These first trains are great collectables for modern inventors especially Lionel's No. 381
Copy and paste this link to play ¨Epic Trains 2¨. Click new game. There are multiple scenarios that players can play. These scenarios are like the stories that children created in their mind while playing with trains.
Madame Alexander Dolls
Madame Alexander Dolls were invented in 1923 as one of the first mass-produced dolls because in the past dolls had been homemade.
The dolls were characterized by a doll's mask face, side glancing painted eyes, and yarn hair. The dolls had a set character that was identified by their clothes, expressions, and named character cards that were sold with the dolls. The dolls served as partial inspiration for the more modernly popular barbie dolls.
John Lloyd Wright, the inventor of Lincoln Logs, had gotten his idea from a trip to Tokyo with his architect father, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1916. John Wright had gotten the idea from builders building the Imperial Hotel with interlocking beams. When he came back to the United States, Wright began patenting the idea on Aug. 31, 1920. The name was registered on August 28, 1923.
Lincoln Logs Then and Now
Many building toys have been developed before the Lincoln Logs, but the Lincoln Logs began and still are very successful. Boxes of logs came with instructions on how to build Uncle Tom’s cabin and President Lincoln’s cabin. Hence the name ¨Lincoln Logs¨ in honor of President Lincoln.
Red Radio Flyer Wagon
Antonio Pasin, a 16-year old Italian, was one of millions who immigrated to America from Europe in the 20th century. As a skilled carpenter, Pasin began making red wagons out of stamped metal and sold them in the Chicago area. By 1923 he had saved enough money to open a factory, Liberty Coaster Company, and began mass producing these wagons which cost less than 3 dollars. He named the wagon Radio Flyer because the inventions of the radio and airplane were his favorites of the time.
Card game, published by the Parker Brothers in 1924, based on a car ride. Game was played by players collecting mileage cards. Other players could play cards to try and block opponents. First player to earn 16 cards won.
Touring influenced many other games such as the Lindy Flying Game and Mille Bornes. It was one of many games produced by Parker Brothers that later was transformed into other games of ¨rivalry¨ and ¨revenge¨.
Pegity was published in 1925 by Parker Brothers. It was played by inserting colored wooden pegs into a punch board. The first person to get five pegs of their color in a row won. Other players could attempt to block their efforts by disrupting their pattern. A very simple but entertaining game.
The Flying Four
The Flying Four was published 1927 by Parker Brothers. It was a board game for 2-4 players. It was a track game that tried to capitalize on Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight across the atlantic in 1927. Players had to travel across 132 spaces by using a spinner; different spaces told players to go backward or forward. The storyline revolves around a flier starting in pilot school (space one) to a successful landing in Paris (space 132). Players had to get to Paris in an exact count, first to do so won.
The Joy Buzzer was created by Danish inventor Soren Sorensen Adams in 1928. Adams was the founder of S.S Adams Co., the premier novelty producer of the 20th century. However, this ball wasn’t officially patented until 1932. The buzzer didn’t actually shock its holder, but it would make a zapping sound in hopes of scaring he or she.
Today the joy buzzer has transformed into something more dangerous. Modern joy buzzers give the victim a real jolt that causes many to drop whatever causes the shock. The toy may not be as popular today, but it all started due to the first joy buzzer.
Pedro Flores, a Philippino, founded the Yo-yo Manufacturing Company in 1928. After selling homemade yo-yos to children in Los Angeles, he gained enough money to open up a factory. A year later, his factory produced 300,000 yo-yos a day, which created a phenomenon in America. Yo-yo contests began pop up all over the country, and the contests continue today. It was an unforgettable toy in the United States. It became a symbol of coolness. When a child could whip out a yo-yo and do cool tricks became an intimidating gesture.