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Board Game - 'Strategy', G. N. Raymond Pty Ltd, circa 1939 Object Reg. No: SH 891446

Summary:
Board game 'Strategy', in box featuring black and white photograph of three men, each from a different armed service. Probably made during World War II.
The game rules state: 'The game is played between two sides - Redland and Greenland. Each side has:-
(a) Eight army divisions;
(b) Six battleships;
(c) Four aircraft.'
The game proceeds by each side moving tokens across land and sea in an attempt to capture enemy territory.

On 6 March 1943, the game was advertised in The Argus, p.7, for a retail price of five shillings three pence. It was available through Robertson & Mullens Ltd, 107-113 Elizabeth Street.

According to the Australian War Memorial, the 'Strategy' board game was made by G.N. Raymond in Collingwood, Victoria, from 1939. The Memorial's copy of the game includes a sheet that indicates that the game originally had other tokens (presumably plastic), but that cardboard tokens had been substituted as a war-time austerity measure. The Museum Victoria copy also has cardboard tokens.

G.N. Raymond was essentially a maker of requisites for the shoe trade such as heels and lasts.
Description:
Game in box. Box has black and white photograph depicting three men, each from a different armed service (one smoking a pipe), beneath title in red 'STRATEGY'. Box papered in red. Contains game board with outlines of imaginary countries - 'Redland', 'Greenland', and a yellow land in the middle, separated by 'sea'. In each country are cities, bridges, mountains, rivers, farms and factories, as well as troops and planes. All are interspersed with circles onto which cardboard tokens would be placed. Tokens are pink, light and dark blue, green and red, with images of soldiers, ships and planes. The game also includes yellow paper money inscribed '1 MILLION' - appears not to be part of the original game. A sheet provides complex instructions for the game.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dorothy & Roy Symes
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.90 cm (Height), 2.70 cm (Width), 38.60 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: home fronts, pastimes, recreation, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Board Games
Tertiary Classification: strategy
Inscriptions: On cover: 'STRATEGY / A GAME OF SKILL / PAT.APP. / 4493/39'
Maker: G.N. Raymond Pty Ltd, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, circa 1939

Patent app. 4493/39 may refer to year 1939; however, game likely to have been made any time during World War II.
References: Information on similar board game in Australian War Memorial collection REL39861 - web site http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/REL39861, accessed 18/1/2010.

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Dirk HR Spennemann Posted on 12 Sep 2010 8:20 PM
Just picked up a copy of the game at the Albury Rotary Markets. My copy has the plastic tokens as well as the instruction sheet. Reading the instructions, there is no mention of paper money at all, suggesting that the paper money included with your donated item does not belong to the game.
Would be more than happy to provide images of the tokens for your object file.
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Sep 2010 1:17 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Dirk, we've checked with our curator, who agrees the notes don’t appear to be part of the original game. The physical description notes that they are part of the game as it was acquired, but not that they are played with the game. we've made that distinction clearer and scanned the instructions. The new description and instructions will show on the web when an update is next done. Thanks for your valuable feedback!
Dirk HR Spennemann Posted on 01 Oct 2010 10:40 PM
No worries.. See here for a set of images of my copy with the plastic/Bakelite tokens:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heritagefutures/sets/72157624946483891

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