Springfield, Mass. Milton Bradley, [n.d., ca. 1900]. “The Game of Words and Sentences” is a sort of fast-paced combination of a pattern matching game and Scrabble. The instruction sheet directs players to draw letter tiles from the box at random and arrange them on a tabletop in alphabetical order. Any player can “steal” letters from the pool on the table and rearrange them into words, but players can also steal from other players to make new words and sabotage their competitors. The present game would be a useful tool in teaching children spelling, vocabulary, and quick thinking in a friendly competitive environment. Box (5 ” x 4 ” x 2”) enclosing 4 pp. instruction booklet (5 ” x 7 ”) and approximately two hundred tile game pieces ( ” x ”). Each stiff card tile is printed on one side with a letter. The clasp to shut the box has mostly broken away. Small crack to box lid. Some staining. The game tiles and instruction sheet are clean and fresh. The instruction sheet is creased in the middle, as issued, to fit into the box. A very good example of this rare educational game teaching language skills. Light brown hinged wooden box. Item #17304
Scrabble was invented in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts as a variation on Lexiko, another word game he invented in 1931. “The Game of Words and Sentences” does not seem to have any direct tie to Scrabble aside from both games being distributed by the Milton Bradley Company, but the similarities in gameplay are clear. Conceptually, the Game of Words and Sentences can be seen as a less structured and more child-friendly precursor to Alfred Butts’ word games.
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