Board game:Airplane Express

Milton Bradley Companyca. 1940

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

In the history of the board game industry, McLoughlin Brothers of New York was one of the first to fully utilize the chromolithographic printing process. The Milton Bradley Company of Springfield, Massachusetts purchased the McLoughlin company around 1920. Many games from this period bear marks from both publishers, as Bradley strove to capitalize on the merger. Bradley published a new version of a McLoughlin game called "By Way of Mail, Express, or Accomodation Train" in 1920. The unusual game features a map of the United States and players must visit cities where certain products are manufactured or grown, purchase them, and return home. Some time afterwards, Bradley published a new version of this game, with the added feature of airplane travel--which added three advance spaces to any standard roll of the dice. The United States map in this version is still marked for McLoughlin Brothers.

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  • Title: Board game:Airplane Express
  • Creator: Milton Bradley Company
  • Date Created: ca. 1940
  • Location: Springfield, MA
  • Subject Keywords: USA
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, cardboard, wood, plastic


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