Anagrams and Other Letter Games
Object Name: Card game
Date: ca. 1910
Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. ( 1.9 x 21 x 26 cm )
Place made: North America, U.S.A., Springfield
Description: "Anagrams and Other Letter Games" table game with 418 cardboard tiles printed with a letter and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; box has a chromolithographed image of a woman and three children playing Anagrams at a parlor table; box inscribed, "Anagrams/ AND OTHER/ LETTER GAMES/ THE WORLD'S/ BEST GAMES/ BRADLEY'S/ MADE IN AMERICA/ 4392/ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS, U. S. A."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
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Object Number: 2000.659
Marks: lithographed: on the box cover: "Anagrams/ AND OTHER/ LETTER GAMES/ THE WORLD'S/ BEST GAMES/ BRADLEY'S/ MADE IN AMERICA/ 4392/ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS, U. S. A."
Anagrams was one of several word-building games that gained popularity during the Victorian period. Players create words from tiles selected at random from the box and attempt to "capture" the most words to win the game.
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
"The Games We Played: Victorian Games from the Liman Collection," New-York Historical Society, December 4, 2001-March 24, 2002.