For a print shop owner in Springfield, Mass., business was not exactly fun and games. During the 1860 Presidential race, his portraits of the clean-shaven Republican candidate were raking in a tidy sum until Abraham Lincoln opted to sprout whiskers. Stuck with thousands of worthless prints and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, the young lithographer put his press back to work on a new project: a game he invented, called The Checkered Game of Life. It sold 45,000 copies in its first year and soon turned its despairing creator, Milton Bradley, into the country's top game manufacturer.
Jun 1, 1985