Saturday, January 19, 2013

January 19: Scrabble

On this date in History .. 1955:

Scrabble debuts on the game board market in Australia and the UK by the JW Spears Co. (now a subsidiary of Mattel).

Invented by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938, the game was turned down by every major game mfg’r so Butts made them by hand, stamping each block of wood with a letter.

The 1st four years were a struggle until fate intervened and Jack Strauss, the president of Macy’s, saw the game while on vacation & ordered some for his store. Within a year, the game was so popular that the game had to be rationed to stores.

Between 1-2 million are sold each year in the U.S. The game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2004.


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