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Milton Bradley and the Checkered Game of Life
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     challenging words:    child-centered, lithographer, teetotum, guillotine, lithography, presidential, philosopher, relationship, clean-shaven, lithograph, provided, jigsaw, death, infancy, obsolete, based
     content words:    Milton Bradley, Wason Car-Manufacturing Company, Abraham Lincoln, Checkered Game, Old Age, Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel, Kindergarten News, Mouse Trap, Big Ben, Milton Bradley Company


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Milton Bradley and the Checkered Game of Life
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     In 2010, the board game now called Life will be one hundred fifty years old. It was the first board game created by Milton Bradley in 1860. Bradley was a lithographer (a type of printing that uses a stone or metal plate and oil to create a print). He set up the first color lithography shop in the state of Massachusetts.
 
2     Milton Bradley was born in Vienna, Maine, in 1836. He attended high school in Lowell, Massachusetts. He attempted to earn a degree in drafting but ran out of money. He began working for Wason Car-Manufacturing Company where he worked on drafting plans for railroad cars. He remained there until 1860. During this time, he taught himself lithography.
 
3     During the 1860 presidential campaign, he printed and sold a lithograph of a clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln. The print sold well until Lincoln decided to grow a beard. Bradley's lithograph quickly became obsolete. Looking for a quick substitute, he ran across an imported board game given to him by a friend. He made a few changes and then released The Checkered Game of Life in the winter of 1860. The game was an instant success. It sold 45,000 copies during the first year.

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