Stylized Game Box Covers from the 1930s & 1940s
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These box tops are from Strategy and Wargames from the 1930s and 1940s, not sure why they went with this style but its prominent in the second tier publishers like All-Fair/E.E. Fairchild and Corey Games.

The games themselves aren't great but they represent a large block of games from the period.
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1. Board Game: Cargo for Victory [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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One of my favorite All-Fair covers from the period. The game supposedly came from a time capsule and its pristine.

The game is very simple (the mechanic is a simple move, jump to capture game) but the cover is special.

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2. Board Game: Battle [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Love the style of this All-Fair cover.

Battle is a placement and move/jump game. Simple and produced quickly and cheaply (like most of the rest).
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3. Board Game: Battle [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Another All-Fair game, when I got it I was surprise to find the Publisher had simply changed the map of Battle by stamping GHQ on the opposite ends of the map and called the tanks airplanes. Otherwise its the exactly the same game as Battle.
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4. Board Game: International Game of Spy [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Another crazy cover from All-Fair for a game with a fairly common mechanic (the L'Attaque/stratego system). Another favorite.
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5. Board Game: Ranger Commandos [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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Another strong example of these vivid covers, this time from Parker Brothers.
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6. Board Game: The Three Musketeers [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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The game is basically Fox and Geese, cover is cool and done by Milton Bradley.
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7. Board Game: Air-Attack [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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A Corey game with a great example of the almost comic book style.
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8. Board Game: Blockade [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Another Corey game with an equally colorful/stylized cover.
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9. Board Game: Flying Aces [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Great cover for as simple roll the dice and move around the track game.
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10. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15330]
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My only game from this period that originated in France, its another version of Battleship.
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11. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15330]
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And a Battleship game from Pre-WWII Germany.
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12. Board Game: Der Weltkrieg [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Not sure if this fits in the time period, but the cover is definitely appropriate. This is a simple jump to move and capture game about WWI.
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13. Board Game: Bomber Attack [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Another simple move-down-the-track based on a roll of the die. Not the best example of a cover but still interesting enough.
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14. Board Game: Blitz: The Air Raid Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Othello mechanic with wooden pieces, very colorful box and game board....
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15. Board Game: Be an Airman [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This Canadian game is a roll the die and follow-the-path mechanic and the cover isn't as colorful but the picture of the Air Marshall is a nice touch.
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16. Board Game: Manöver [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Does this one qualify? Perhaps the box art is too realistic?
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17. Board Game: 5 in a Row [Average Rating:5.42 Unranked]
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Quintro. My mother was given this when she was a child.
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