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Eugene
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From 3M's entry at Wikipedia:

"In the late 1960s and early 70s, 3M published a line of board games, largely under the '3M bookshelf game series' brand. These games were marketed to adults and sold through department stores..."

What department stores, exactly? I'm a child of the 70's, but I certainly have no recollection of seeing them in Sears or JCPenney.



 
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I remember seeing them at a toy chain called "Toys By Roy" as well as the merchandise company "Ardans".
 
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I can specifically remember them being sold in JCPenny's, though I'm sure there were other places as well. I'm also a child of the 70s and can remember walking through Penny's at Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island, when the mall was a simple circle of stores that, at the time, still felt big. The mall is far larger now...the inside of the original circle serves as the food court now and there are multiple levels.

But I have a very nice memory of seeing a row of these very interesting looking book-games as I descended the escalator from the second to the first floor. I must have mentioned one to my mom at the time, because I think that was the year I received Feudal for Christmas. Fun game that I recently reacquired and have been anxious to play again.
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I first found them in a department store called Robinson's. And also Meyer's Toy World, a local toy shop with no relation to Meijer Corp.
 
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I remember seeing them in the following department stores:

The Denver
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Sears
J.C. Penney's
TG&Y

as a young gamer living in Denver. In those days (late 1960s and early 1970s), many department stores (at least, many department stores in Denver) had an area where puzzles, games and other diversions could be found. Also, I remember seeing them in the Army and Air Force Exchange Stores ("BX" and "PX" stores on military bases)
 
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I remember my parents bringing home Feudal, Twist and Ploy. I was really young and just moved the pieces around. I doubt it was any place 'niche' they got them from.
 
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I think they also sold at mom and pop stores, including one-off department stores.

McClusky Todd (a pharmacy / department store) in Greer SC had them.
Lynch's Drug Store (a pharmacy / general merchandise store) in Clemson SC had them.

And my great uncle sold them at the Cedar Lane Bait and Toy Ranch in Spartanburg SC. Mostly he sold night crawlers and lots of fishing poles and equipment, but he also had a couple of aisles of toys and games.
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In Montreal, they were sold in Morgan's on the ground floor.
 
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I remember them in Kresge's and Penny's, among others.
 
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On Long Island in the late '60s, we found them at department stores like A & S (Abraham & Strauss) and Mays, which also sold mainstream Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games.
 
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In the department stores, they were usually in the luggage department, not the toy department. Several chains in SoCal had them. I got most of mine at Bullocks.
 
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I remember seeing it in our small town's sporting goods store. I don't know if they sell games now. I remember seeing Ploy, Thinking Man's Golf, and a few others.

http://www.sikessports.com/
 
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In my youth I bought a few 3M games at the Sears store in Saugus, MA.
 
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In Australia they could be found in specialist games shops and some book shops.
 
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In the Chicago area I seem to remember that they were sold in a couple quality bookstores, like the (late) Kroch's and Brentano's chain. The Marshall Field's dept store carried them, too, I think.
 
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