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Board Game - 'The Bombardier', Paul Bruce & Co., circa 1939 Object Reg. No: SH 910488

Board game 'The Bombardier', made by Paul Bruce & Co. Pty Ltd in Brunswick, circa 1939. Consists of box containing a game board with 16 large holes or targets. Coloured cone-shaped pieces with lead tips are flipped into the holes using a rectangle of cardboard. The images on the box and game board represent a World War II tank battle and children imitating the battle with 'The Bombadier' game.

The game is optimistically described as 'a skilful, fascinating and amusing game for young and old' - 'you'll have explosions of laughter'.
Board game in box. Cardboard lid of box has a coloured drawing of a girl in a red dress and a boy wearing a blue short sleeved shirt and shorts playing the game; also soldiers firing shells from a canon, a tank, and a few aeroplanes. The reverse of the lid contains instructions on how to play the game printed in blue ink. Printed drawings of an aeroplane, tank and battleship are on all four sides. Blue border around lid. Bottom of box plain cardboard.

Box contains another box with 16 large holes or targets. Coloured cone-shaped pieces with lead tips fit into the holes. A rectangle of cardboard is used to flick the cones.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kerry Smith, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 259 mm (Height), 254 mm (Width)

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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, Leisure Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Board Games
Tertiary Classification: strategy
Inscriptions: Printed, front, white text: 'THE BOMBARDIER / A SKILFUL, / FASCINATING AND / AMUSING GAME FOR / YOUNG AND OLD / you'll have / explosions of / laughter'. Printed, front side: 'PATENT A.P. No. 11008/43/ MANUFACTURED BY PAUL BRUCE & CO. PTY. LTD., BRUNSWICK, VIC'. Extensive text in blue ink on reverse.
Manufacturer: Paul Bruce & Co. Pty Ltd, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, 1939 or later

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