I looked at a 1942 catalog and wished the board games were the same price they are now. I could afford to buy enough games to fill whole bedroom.
It’s not because I am rich (I’m not). It’s because board games in the 1940s were not expensive at all!
Because I am an old man, I was asked to make a list of my favorite board games from the 1940s and its kind of hard to remember which ones were in the ’30s and which ones were in the ’50s, but I love board games more than anyone and these were the ones my mama and papa bought for me.
57-Game Carrom Board
This was popular with my whole family because there were so many games. Backgammon and Chinese Checkers were our favorites. There were games on both sides of the board. And it had those cool billiard style nets on the corners.Those were around $5 bucks. There was a bigger one but we didn’t have that one.
Jim Prentice Electric Football
This isn’t the same as the electric football that most people think of. The one I had when I was a kid was completely different. But still, I had it and loved it. It is hard to explain but I found the rules online and put a picture somewhere on this page.
I also had the electric baseball game. My uncle got it for me I remember.
Of course we had Ricochet and Monopoly but I’m sure those games were before the ’40s.
Oh one more that gets everyone giggling and I still have it.
Veda the Magic Answer Man
This one was very interesting because it gave everyone a supernatural type of feeling. It was eerie, but fun too.
There are 4 question/answer sheets that are two-sided. You turn Veda to a question and then set him on the mirrored answer disc and he points to the answer.
I think those were some of the best board games in the 1940s.