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Flying Round the British Empire

Board Game
1930s (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is a race type board game, based around a flying trip through countries and cities in the 1930s British Empire. There are 100 spaces, with a number of forfeits en route to the end, including running out of petrol or motor break down. There are no pieces included, but it could be played with any kind of counters and dice. It may well have been part of a set of different board games, and was donated to the museum with a another board, Hiking (B.87-2011). It was manufactured by Glevum Games, the trade name of Roberts Brothers. They were the inventors of Pilla Dex, a successful Victorian parlour game played by Princess Alexandra in the early 1900s and licenced by the Parker Bros in America, but the Glevum Games name had slipped into obscurity by the 1950s.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleFlying Round the British Empire (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Screen printed cardboard
Brief description
"Flying Round the British Empire" table top race game board.
Physical description
Screen-printed cardboard board game, with central fold. Title, "Flying Round the British Empire", is at the top and the board features an illustrated images of cites and countries of the British Empire in the 1930s, including Gibraltar, Ottawa, Malta, West Indies, Capetown, Egypt, Ceylon, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
Dimensions
  • Height: 34.8cm (unfolded)
  • Width: 19.5cm
  • Height: 17.5cm (folded)
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Elizabeth Shorthouse
Object history
This game was owned and played with by Elizabeth Shorthouse (neé Graham) in the 1950s.
Summary
This is a race type board game, based around a flying trip through countries and cities in the 1930s British Empire. There are 100 spaces, with a number of forfeits en route to the end, including running out of petrol or motor break down. There are no pieces included, but it could be played with any kind of counters and dice. It may well have been part of a set of different board games, and was donated to the museum with a another board, Hiking (B.87-2011). It was manufactured by Glevum Games, the trade name of Roberts Brothers. They were the inventors of Pilla Dex, a successful Victorian parlour game played by Princess Alexandra in the early 1900s and licenced by the Parker Bros in America, but the Glevum Games name had slipped into obscurity by the 1950s.
Collection
Accession number
B.86-2011

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Record createdNovember 4, 2011
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