The first mass-produced board games in the United States were imported from England during the 1820s. During the mid-1800s, the popularity of board games increased, and by the 1870s, advances in chromolithography, a color printing process, allowed them to be printed with bold, richly colored images at affordable prices.
The games that entertained families mirrored the values, popular culture, current events, and literature of the era. Because Victorians esteemed virtue above all things, the goal of many early board games involved teaching moral lessons. Even after the arrival of radio, movie theaters, and television, board games remained a popular pastime as the 20th century progressed. During this era, board games promoting virtue disappeared, while games focusing on the accumulation of wealth proliferated.
|Nancy Drew Board Game|
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