Popular Science

February 10, 2012

Archive Gallery: Board Games Weren’t Always Fun

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Popular Science‘s history isn’t all flying cars and geodesic domes. Readers of the past liked to have fun, too! Unfortunately, their opportunities to do so, as far as we can tell, were somewhat limited.

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An 1892 issue of the magazine spells out the purpose of games, in case you didn’t know: “They afford needful relaxation to the mind, pleasant diversions to the invalid and afflicted, promoting acquaintance and fellowship.”

Here are ten games that range from mildly exciting to about as fun as sorting laundry (literally–see “Wash Day” from 1931). Nearly all of these articles came with DIY instructions. Would you still play Scrabble if you had to carve each piece yourself?

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