Each Month, I will try to highlight
a particularly neat game, and provide as many photos, and as much info, as I can.
ELOPING! - by Game Creations, 1946. This is an exceedingly rare game... as a matter of fact, until recently, it was thought that this company only made this one game...But, there is at least one other one (THE LION AND THE MOUSE).
For a company that made few games, this one is super cool. The object is to grab a bride, purchase a ring, and a corsage, and along with 2 witnesses, get to town hall to be married. Players move via a train or plane. One of the witnesses can be the bride's large mother, who appears to be carrying a rolling pin.
All the pieces are made of plastic, a new material in 1946 (they're not bakelite, they're not composition, they're plastic). Even the rings and corsages are made of plastic.
According to Ely Aulbertson, the creator of the game (and whose photo is in the directions), "Many of my Bridge fans have told me they find Eloping a welcome change from the routine of Bridge"... In the typically chauvenistic style of the time, all moves are controlled by the Boy's color, the Girl "has no moves of her own"...
The other recently discovered game from this company is called THE LION AND THE MOUSE, and is equipped with similar plastic pieces, this time of Hunters, Lions and Mice. Both are extremely scarce, with neat graphics and unusual playing pieces. Value of ELOPING!: $250 - $400
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