More cows hang out at the museum

A while ago, I spotted cows at the San Diego ReubenH. Fleet Science Center. Today I took my youngest to the Museum of Man this morning to take advantage of Free Tuesdays. Amidst the exhibits of mummies, Ancient Egypt, Maya temples, human evolution and apes, there’s a little corner dedicated to the history of board games and other types of games around the world.

There you’ll find a lovely assortment of board games that have evolved since their creation, and some games that look exactly the same today as they did the first day they were sold.

The cows we saw were on the box of an old board game called Square Mile, where you get to develop your land:

Square Mile board game

Square Mile board game

I’m not sure these poor cows want to lose their land in exchange for new buildings and homes. At the same time, they look like they could use something green to munch on…

Square Mile board game with cows on box

Square Mile board game with cows on box

In the same exhibit I found an old board game called “Anti-Monopoly”, which was created by an American economics professor in 1973. Ironically the Parker Brothers / Hasbro company, who created the original Monopoly board game, didn’t appreciate the use of “monopoly” for another board game, so they sued the creator of this game for trademark infringiment. The lawsuit dragged on for several years and ended in a settlement, and this game is still in production under the “Anti-Monopoly” game. What a great idea!

Anti-Monopoly board game

Anti-Monopoly board game

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2 responses to “More cows hang out at the museum

  1. Interesting…I had never heard of either of these two games!

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