VINTAGE SAN LOO CHINESE CHECKER BOARD
In 1958 Guy Nearing found himself with a gaming problem. He knew it, admitted it, but could do nothing about it. One day the University of Idaho sophomore was browsing the toy department at David's Department Store in Moscow, Idaho and came across a San Loo Chinese Checkers game. He's heard people talking about playing "Chinese Checkers" but had never tried it himself. He bought the game and invited some friends over that evening to play. He loved it and suggested they all gather together the next night to play again. Three weeks later and Guy had become obsessed with Chinese Checkers. His original group of friends did not share his enthusiasm for the game and they began to makeup excuses why they couldn't come over to play. Guy found himself carrying the game, wandering the streets of Downtown Moscow, stopping in cafes and taverns, asking random strangers to play with him. He began to miss class and eventually was asked to leave school. Some believe he had lost his marbles but Guy was quick to say that all of his marbles were accounted for and in his Chinese Star Checkers game box.
We're not sure whatever happened to Guy Nearing but we came across this vintage San Loo Chinese checkers board that could very well have been his but we have no way to substantiate that claim. This fun old game board was once part of a San Loo game set which we are dating to the 1950s-60s. It is made of rigid .25" thick fiber board and measures 15.75" X 17.75" and has a wonderful aged patina, slightly distressed to give it some character. The backside has a standard black and red checker board. This board featurses nice colorful graphics and still could be used to play (no marbles or box included) but we think It would make a nice piece of wall decor, a fun addition to a game room or placed on a coffee table.
As mentioned above this game board has patina of light distressing including scuffs, scratches, dog-eared corners and some edge wear but bright graphics and no structural issues.
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