Typography

Typography in the Wild: Vintage Board Game

I am always on the lookout for great typography. Today’s edition of Typography in the Wild is brought to you by the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village History Museum . I went there this weekend for the Scottish Festival, which was loads of fun!

After I basked in the warm sounds of bagpipes and fiddle, we checked out the history museum on the grounds. And I discovered theses gems!

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Round the World with Nellie Bly board game.

I absolutely love the typography and illustrations here! A great deal of craftsmanship went into making this board game. It appears as though some of the lettering was outlined in gold that has faded over time.

 

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Detail shot of the different locations visited on her 72 day trip.

If you aren’t familiar with Nellie Bly, PBS has a nice write-up of the events that inspired the game! The NY Historical Society has a thorough write-up of the game itself. If you want a copy for yourself, Good luck finding one. Due to their age, they appear to be few and far between. If you are in Buffalo, stop by the museum to enjoy looking at this one.

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I love the ornate boarder on the cover to this game.

This game appears to be one of the first versions of the game “Mad Libs”, which is pretty cute. The card pictured in front is a sample card from the game. It would appear that the rules state that the person who laughs the loudest at the fabricated stories, is the winner.

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