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Board Game - 'Target for Tonight', Metal Wood Repetitions Co., 1942 Object Reg. No: SH 910486

'Target for Tonight' board game, consisting of a target board, cardboard aeroplane, dart-like 'bomb' and box. The aeroplane is held over the target board on the floor, and the 'bomb' is dropped onto naval targets such as a submarine, cruiser and battleship. The target board is pierced with holes, showing it has been used repeatedly.

The game was made by Metal Wood Repetitions Co. in Sydney in 1942, and probably used until about 1950. The donor's father found game in wardrobe in an old house in Fairfield. It would have been marketed during World War II, and reflected the bombing activities being carried out by Allied aircraft on Axis shipping.
Light-weight board, red, with nine large and four small circles arranged evenly. Large circles have pictures and name of target, smaller circles with names of ships and points value. Both sides of board the same layout wi th different circle types.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kerry Smith, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 270 mm (Width), 290 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: home fronts, pastimes, recreation, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, toys11, games, board games
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Toys
Tertiary Classification: propulsion
Inscriptions: Top of board printed in white: 'TARGET FOR TONIGHT'. Bottom of board in white: 'NEAR MISS - NO SCORE/COPYRIGHT - METAL - WOOD REPETITIONS CO., SYDNEY'. Extensive text on box:

EVERYONE CAN PLAY / HOW TO PLAY /"TARGET FOR TONIGHT" / 'Place Target on floor at feet, stand / close to Target; hold bomber level / and steady, as you would a gun, with / bomb sight in end of bomber close to / one eye, finger on trigger of bomb / release. Line up objective in bomt / sight and release bomb. Play to rules / as...[?] darts, using "Target for To- / night" scoring. Additional interest is / gained by "nominating" your objec- / tive and scoring double if hit, taking / off value of objective if only "near / msis" is made or wrong objective is hit. / THE WAR GAME OF THE CENTURY / Be Your Own Bomb-aimer.'
Manufacturer: Metal Wood Repetitions Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1942
Place & Date Used: Fairfield, Victoria, Australia, 1942-1950


Warner Russell Posted on 17 Jun 2012 7:37 PM
I can recall as a child in Bondi during the war years that my Target for Tonight bomber and submarine were made of wood,not cardboard.The submarine,which I floated in the bath,had a spring loaded mechanism that when struck by the "bomb" exploded the conning tower,sending it to the bottom .

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