Board game:Pagoda Chinese Checkers

Ranger Steel Products Corp.ca. 1945

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

Pressman Toy Corporation introduced a game it called Chinese Checkers, specifically under the name "Hop Ching Checkers," in 1928. Though neither Chinese in origin nor a version of checkers, the game became popular. It was based on a German game, "Stern Halma" (Star Halma) which in turn was modeled after an earlier American game called Halma. Halma was similar but not star-shaped, and it was invented by a Harvard surgeon around 1883. Several manufacturers made versions of Chinese Checkers throughout the 20th century and the game remained popular.

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  • Title: Board game:Pagoda Chinese Checkers
  • Creator: Ranger Steel Products Corp.
  • Date Created: ca. 1945
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Subject Keywords: pagoda
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: steel, glass
  • Object ID: 116.4577