Throwback Thursday: Braille Checkers

Cardboard box filled with round and square plastic game pieces.
 The round pieces are pink and the squares are white.
One part of our collection that I do not write enough about is our games.  I love board games, myself.  My family has a mountain retreat stocked with favorite books, well-worn vinyl records, and stacks and stacks of board games.  Our Throwback Thursday object this week is a cardboard box of plastic checkers.  One set is round and the other is square.  They were distributed by Lions International, around 1970, and marketed as “Braille Checkers,” but there is really no braille on them.  You sometimes see tactile things marked that way, as if “braille” is a synonym for tactile.  I think Louis would have liked that, but it probably drives folks who work on the braille code crazy.  The checkers were manufactured by Wilson Plastics and the set came with a plastic board made by Dow Chemical that featured indented squares.  Unfortunately, we do not have one of the original boards, but we are still looking!

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