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Vintage 1957 Jack and the Beanstalk Adventure board game! Printed in lower left corner of the board is “Copyright MCMLVII – MFD Transogram Company Inc., N.Y., Made in U.S.A.”
The board measures approximately 14 ¾ inches x 15 inches. Very good vintage condition with all the playing pieces in tact. In fact, it appears the 12 cards that are included have never been used and are still connected. The board is in good condition as well and the page of directions is in excellent condition. There is only some slight wear to the corners of the game box.
Found the same game board only without the playing pieces, priced online for $60. Great deal for this complete vintage game at $65.00!
”The game industry in the U.S. grew up in the Northeast. Most of the major manufacturers were in Massachusetts or in the New York metropolitan area. One noteworthy company, R. Bliss, was in Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania had its share of game companies, as did, to some extent, Ohio and Illinois.
John McLoughlin produced card games in New York as early as 1850. His first card games were attractively hand-painted, in what was an early form of an assembly line–the line drawings were passed from artist to artist with each one responsible for coloring in one of the colors. In 1858 McLoughlin formed McLoughlin Brothers, a company that was to manufacture what are considered today some of the most beautiful games ever published in the United States. McLoughlin Bros. reached its heyday in the 1880s and was a prolific manufacturer of games until the company was bought out by Milton Bradley in 1920.
The Depression wasn’t felt by the game industry until around 1932; like movies, games provided inexpensive entertainment during troubled times. New companies emerged, among them Cadaco-Ellis, Gabriel, National, Rosebud, Russell, and Whitman. Transogram managed a transition from playsets to games.”
To read the complete article, A Brief History of American Games by Bruce Whitehill, click HERE.