Family Game Night: Nostalgia Edition

Board games, involving chance, skill, small tokens and big families, have followed humans throughout history wherever they’ve settled, and Buffalo Grove is no exception. From the familiar games of your childhood to the earliest piece in our collection, family game night has been a staple in our community for as long as we’ve been Buffalo Grove!

Let’s step back in time and remember all those wonderful (if not always harmonious) hours spent with family and friends.

1970s – Tiddily Turtles

Tiddily Turtles board game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Tiddily Turtles board game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Produced by Amsco Industries, Inc., Tiddily Turtles is a variation on the popular Tiddily Winks games. The turtles could be pressed and made to flip themselves forwards – but not always where you wanted!

1960s – Hi-Ho! Cherry-O

Hi-Ho! Cherry-O Board Game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Hi-Ho! Cherry-O Board Game, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Always a favorite, Hi-Ho! Cherry-O was produced by Western Publishing Company. A simple game involving a spinning arrow, some buckets and some plastic cherries, the objective was to have the best harvest – and the best time.

1930s – 5-in1 Transogram Board

5-In-1 Transogram Board, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

5-In-1 Transogram Board, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

This colorful board made in 1938 by Transogram Company, Inc. really was entertainment for hours – with two sides for double the fun! It included Dog Race, Fish Pond, and several other dice-based games. Talk about a multitasker!

1920s-30s – Mahjong Set

Mahjong Set, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

Mahjong Set, Raupp Museum Permanent Collection

For those who aren’t initiated, Mahjong is an intellectual game involving matching cards and luck of the dice. This set is the oldest board game in our collection, and is made of bamboo tiles, bone chips and bone dice.

In some cases, the games have changed drastically over the years – and in others, they’re just as they’ve always been. The boards may be updated, but no matter where we go, one thing’s for certain: with a game or two along, you’ll never be bored.

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Author: Casey Faist

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