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A Game I Love

I love playing Scrabble. I love the game so much that I thought I would find out a little bit more about the history of the game.

  • Scrabble was designed in 1931 during the Great Depression by an unemployed architect named, Alfred Mosher Butts- who just happened to love words and games.
  • Originally, the opening word was placed in the upper left corner and not in the middle.
  • The game was originally named Lexico, then New Anagram, then Alph, then Criss-Cross, then Criss-Crosswords before finally settling on the name Scrabble in 1948.
  • Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and many other game manufacturers rejected the game when Mr. Butts first brought the idea to them.
  • It took over 20 years for the game to actually become a commercial success.
  • In 1952, Jack Strauss, the Chairman of Macy’s department store in New York happened to play the game while he was on vacation and after returning home went to his game department wanting to purchase the game but they did not stock the game. That was soon to change!

If you want to read more about the fascinating beginnings of this game go to http://www.mattelscrabble.com/en/adults/history/page1.html