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Board Game - 'Tactics', 'The Grand Naval Game', Metal-Wood Repetitions Co., circa 1930s Object Reg. No: SH 910487

Summary:
Board game 'Tactics, The Grand Naval Game', made by Metal-Wood Repetitions Co. circa 1930s. In box featuring an ocean scene with battleships and group of adults playing game. The box contains a board pierced with holes, 394 coloured matchstick-type pieces of wood and an instruction sheet.

The game is optimistically described as 'a thrill for adults' - 'each player commands his own fleet'. The game is also suggested for children.

The donor's father found the game in a wardrobe of an old house in Fairfield, together with other war-related games dated to around World War II.

The Tactics game was advertised for sale in The Argus, 28 October 1944, p.10. It was available through Robertson & Mullens Ltd, 107-113 Elizabeth Street at a cost of 5/6. The advertisement stated that it could be played 'by any number of people'.
Description:
Square cardboard lid to box containing board game. Covered in printed paper. Top features an ocean scene with pale blue sky dark blue ocean and a battleship front centre. Smaller ships also feature. A circle top left shows two women at a table facing a man playing the game. Red lettering runs diagonally across front. Red strip along bottom and red seal at bottom left. Sides are red, white and blue with writing in white. Bottom of box is cardboard covered in royal blue and light blue paper. Included inside the box are: an instruction sheet; board; and 394 coloured matchstick type pieces of wood.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kerry Smith, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 23.50 cm (Height), 23.80 cm (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, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Board Games
Tertiary Classification: strategy
Inscriptions: Printed: THE GRAND NAVAL GAME/OF/ Tactics/ Copyright/METAL-WOOD REPETITIONS CO. SYDNEY./EACH PLAYER COMMANDS HIS OWN FLEET/A THRILL FOR ADULTS. A CHILD CAN PLAY IT/ GOOD COMPANIONS/GAMES SERIES.
Manufacturer: Metal Wood Repetitions Co., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1930-1939

Approximate date(s) - based on the hair styles and clothing of the people depicted on the front of the game box.
Place Used: Fairfield, Victoria, Australia

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