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Churchill Checkers
London, ON, London Novelty, 1943. A wooden game, playing on the popularity of Churchill, during World War II. "Knowledge is power/ strategy is essential/ improve yours with Churchill Checkers." "Chequers" was also the name of the British Prime Minister's country residence. The board is 4-3/4" x 3-3/4" and oddly flask-shaped with the addition of the cork that holds the game pieces inside (13 of the original 20 stick pieces are present). Primarily a game for two players; there is also a solitaire option. Folded directions for play are included. Bit of rubbing to the board; near fine in a near fine mailing box, with the top flap absent. This is a beige box; there was another issue box, printed in red with Churchill's visage: we believe this to be the first issue, based on the words "Patent Applied For" being stamped on this instruction sheet, whereas the same words are printed on the instruction sheet associated with the red box. A novel, ephemeral production of the Second World War. [#033658] $350

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