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Aurele Parisien
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I am trying to identify a board game that appears among a young boy's toys in a 1911 photograph, taken in Montreal, Canada – see below. At least it appears to be a board game. The margin of the board also includes the Freemasonry symbol of a square and compass (see detail).

I would greatly appreciate help in identifying this game – if it is a game.

Thanks!



 
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Ralph T
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Definitely not a boardgame.
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aurelep wrote:

I am trying to identify a board game that appears among a young boy's toys in a 1911 photograph, taken in Montreal, Canada


Wow. An abacus, a flower and a checkered board. Lame toys, 1911.
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I'm not entirely convinced that it is a boardgame, but it may simply be an elaborate Masonic chess/checker board.
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I would tend to agree that it does not look like a board game. It looks like a framed piece of art to me. Is there some context or other information that made you think it might be a game?

Also, I'm not convinced that the symbols at the top are from Freemasons. Do they use a symbol that includes a wood plane and a square with unequal arms? It seems more like a carpenter's logo.

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Looks like a tiled mosaic to me, perhaps inside an existing frame. Could make for an interesting game, though.
 
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Yup, framed mosaic is what I see.
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Masonic compass and square.
 
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