Candy Land Board Game, circa 1955

Summary

In the early 1940s, when polio affected thousands of Americans, Eleanor Abbott, a victim of the disease, created the game of Candy Land to entertain children during their sometimes-long stays in a polio ward. The game was a hit. She marketed the game to Milton Bradley in 1949, and it has remained one of the best-loved children's board games.

In the early 1940s, when polio affected thousands of Americans, Eleanor Abbott, a victim of the disease, created the game of Candy Land to entertain children during their sometimes-long stays in a polio ward. The game was a hit. She marketed the game to Milton Bradley in 1949, and it has remained one of the best-loved children's board games.

Artifact

Board game (Game set)

Date Made

1955

Creators

Milton Bradley Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

United States, Massachusetts, Springfield 

Creator Notes

Made in the United States, distributed by Milton Bradley Company out of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2021.87.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cardboard
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 1.438 in  (Packaging)

Width: 16.625 in  (Packaging)

Length: 8.625 in  (Packaging)

Inscriptions

on top of packaging: Another / MB / MILTON / BRADLEY / KEY / TO FUN / and learning / FOR AGES / 4 to 8 / MILTON / BRADLEY / COMPANY / SPRINGFIELD / MASSACHUSETTS / 4921 / MADE IN U.S.A. / A SWEET LITTLE GAME / CANDY / LAND / Game / ...FOR SWEET LITTLE FOLKS... on front and back of packaging: MB / MILTON / BRADLEY / CANDY LAND GAME 4921 on sides of packaging: CANDY LAND / 4921

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