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American Boxed Games and Their Makers, 1822-1992
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An interesting history of board game makers that offers profiles and prices games manufactured from 1822-1992, and gives histories of hundreds of manufacturers, including, Milton Bradley, Selchow & Righter, and Parker Brothers.

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Behind the Eight Ball
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, the game of billiards had moved indoors to a wooden table with green cloth to simulate grass and a simple border around the edges. The term "billiard" came from the French for either the word "billart," one of the wooden sticks, or "bille," a ball. Since the early 19th century, it has been known as the "Noble Game of Billiards."
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Pick a Card
When people think of playing cards, they usually imagine classic aces, spades, hearts, clovers and diamonds. And let’s not forget the king, queen and jack court cards. Most of these same people probably have an old card deck stuffed in a drawer somewhere in their homes. In fact, playing cards are so ubiquitous that they’ve played a major role in entertainment for hundreds of years.

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Roll the Dice and Move Forward
Lots of people love to play board games. In fact, they were the primary source of entertainment from the 1880s to the 1920s. Some families still have a “family game night” where the entire family plays board games instead of watching T.V. or talking or texting on their cell phones. Collecting them is easy.                     More Special Features


The Ancient Game of the Mandarins
Mahjong has been played in China for over 3,000 years, originating in Canton during the Qing Dynasty before the days of Confucius. Only Mandarins played it, and the early tiles were handmade from ivory.

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Chess is a wonderful game of intelligence and strategy. The beauty of this game is that any person, who has the understanding of this game and its moves, can play with any other person regarding his/her age. The game is universal and crossed national boundaries and cultures.
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Caring for Vintage Board Games
Many people enjoy playing board games. They’re a great way for people to socialize and a great way for families to stay more in touch. Today, with everyone tied to some sort of electronic device or another, the popularity of playing board games isn’t what it once was.
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Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Massachusetts, Willard House was constructed by Joseph Willard in the early 18th century in what was then known as the Indian settlement of Hassanamisco. Four of Joseph's grandsons - Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim and Aaron Willard---would become America's preeminent 19th-century clockmakers, making their first clocks in 1766 in their small Grafton workshop.
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The Origins of
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Most kids’ games have no exact traceable origin. Children seem to come up with familiar ways to play no matter what time or place they live in. But even though it’s hard to pinpoint precisely where these games originated, there’s some incredible history behind your childhood favorites.
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Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.                 Read an Excerpt


Shipwreck With $17 Billion of Sunken Treasure ID'd in the Caribbean

When salvagers found a 300-year-old ship at the bottom of the Caribbean near the coast of Colombia three years ago, they claimed it was the “holy grail” of shipwrecks—the legendary San Jose galleon, a Spanish ship rumored to contain up to $17 billion in treasure. Now, the Associated Press reports, experts have identified the ship…and confirmed that it’s the real deal.   
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Rare Roman Coin Found by Detectorist in
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A rare Roman solidus coin of the Emperor Constantine I was dug up from a farmer’s field in Somerset and will be offered at Dix Noonan Webb’s ancient coins auction on September 17 in London with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. On the reverse is a rare portrayal of Constantine riding his horse in battle holding a spear and shield with two fallen enemy soldiers below to commemorate a victory over Maxentius at Milvian bridge outside Rome on October 28, 312.   
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