War Games

JOLLY EXEMPTS, THE
©1850's or 1860's Lee and Shepard, Boston, MA
39/48, triangular "jigsaw" puzzle pieces, plain backs, pattern sheet showing twelve faces made with the pieces, two scraps of cardboard with which an early owner tried making replacement pieces. The twelve ways given (some surely ficticious) for avoiding military service include false teeth and exile in Canada!


DEWEY AT MANILA, Starry Flag Series
©1899 Chaffee and Selchow, New York, NY
52/52, red Dewey/battles instructions. Combination of "Authors" play with quizzes about George Dewey in the Spanish-American War

 

TACTICS[:] THE MILITARY GAME
©1915 National Military Tactics Co., New York, NY
52/52, purple naval gun, two sets instructions (one apparently revised) Trick-taking game which incidentally teaches the player the ranks and branches (infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineers) of the military.