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The Better Sex

Surely this could be rebooted for 2023 in our absolutely carefree and non-contentious cultural atmosphere.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 03, 2023 - Comments ()
Category: Games, Rivalries, Feuds and Grudges, Television, Men, Women

Motorway Snooker

In his book Bobby on the Beat, former London policeman Bob Dixon described the game of motorway (or traffic) snooker:

A practice that was occasionally talked about in police canteens was the game of snooker, not table snooker but "traffic snooker". This was a game specifically played by lads in the traffic division, the dreaded speed cops whose main work consisted of dealing with traffic accidents but who also reported motorists for speeding offences. The game the officers played consisted of scoring points, as in table snooker, the numbers depending on the colours of the cars they had reported for speeding during their shift — for example, a red car scored 1 point, a yellow 2 points, and so on, with a black one scoring the maximum 7 points. At the end of a shift, the traffic cars on the division would return to the police garage and the crews totted up their points to find the winner. I never heard what the prize was.

Over the years some drivers have filed complaints, claiming to have been victims of motorway snooker.

Sydney Morning Herald - Sep 11, 1999



Of course, the official position of the British traffic police is that their officers would not engage in such frivolous games. But that even if they did, all the cars they stopped were speeding anyway.

The Herts and Essex Observer - Jan 16, 1992



More info: BBC News

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 24, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Games, Police and Other Law Enforcement, Cars

Script-Analyzer, the game

1957: Ideal Toy Co. came out with "Script-Analyzer," the game that promised to let kids psychoanalyze their parents through the magic of handwriting analysis.

This, the manufacturer says, enables the child to interpret handwriting and determine whether his parents are talented, influential, friendly, virtuous, and so on.

NY Daily News - Mar 4, 1957



Vancouver Sun - Apr 2, 1957



"A handwriting game being analysed by members of the Ideal Toy panel on Inventor's Day at the Ideal Toy Company in Hollis, New York."



NY Daily News - Mar 5, 1956

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 16, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Games, 1950s

Melvin Purvis’s G-Men Detective Game

Play along with current headlines!



The object of the game is to capture the Public Enemy. The player who brings a G-Man together with the Public Enemy wins the game. The game starts with one G-Man chasing the public enemy, but after 30 minutes a second can be brought into play.


More pix and info here.

Melvin Purvis at Wikipedia.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Aug 13, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Crime, Games, 1930s

Dispatcher:  The Board Game

Just as exciting as it sounds!

More info here.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Jun 30, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Boredom, Games, Trains and Other Vehicles on Rails, 1950s

The Gourmet Game

Here's a predecessor for all those competitive cooking shows and restaurant makeover shows.




Each player has his own board, which is in the form of a menu. Dishes include classic haute cuisine and are name in English and French (you'll soon learn the French words and their correct pronunciation). Six cards are dealt to each player, and as a player takes new cards from the deck or does discarded by his opponents he gradually puts together a gourmet meal. To win, however, he must order the right dishes and beverages, and must prevent other players from ordering.



Learn more here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jun 20, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Food, Games, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1970s

Blow Football

Or as we call it today, "Spread the Covid."

This game went through several editions since its 1910 origin. See pictures at Board Game Geek.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Apr 13, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Games, Sports, Viruses, Germs and Other Sources of Infection

Two Richard Nixon Chess Sets

In 1971, when Nixon was still flying high, he got the honor of his own adulatory chess set.

In 1973, he got one devoted to Watergate.











Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 16, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Games, Politics, Disgrace, Shame, Infamy and Downfalls, 1970s

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