Owbridge’s Scout Equipment game, 1912, Catalogue ref: COPY 1/321 f343
This is a different sort of game. It is interesting because it was made by a company that sold cough syrup. The makers have included their name in the title of the game. The game is based on the scouts’ organisation which started five years before.
OWBRIDGE’S SCOUTS EQUIPMENT GAME
INSTRUCTIONS: A game for two players. First carefully cut out the pieces forming the two figures of the boy scouts. Each player in turn spins the disc which indicates the piece he is to lay on the plain outline of the scout, but he must start with the Hat and place each succeeding piece to touch the last; for instance, should the indicator point to boots, before the stockings are laid on the figure the player forfeits that turn. The player who completes the equipment of his scout first, wins the game.
OWBRIDGE’S LUNG TONIC
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- This game includes instructions. Can you make them into a simple list that explains the rules?
- Can you explain how Owbridge is trying to sell or advertise their lung syrup (cough/cold mixture) in the game?
- Why do you think they chose to show their product in this game?
- What does this game tell us about life in the 1900s?
- If you made a similar game based on clothing or a uniform what would you choose?