Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880

Avilude or ‘Game of Birds’ was first published by West & Lee Game Company, Worcester, Mass, in 1873. [see original patent registration]. Here we are showing the second edition from c.1880. The game contains 64 cards divided into eight groups, each group consisting of four pairs. One card of each pair has a fine engraving of a bird with its name, the companion card has a description. The game was intended to be of scientific and educational value for the study of natural history. See the Rules

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Above: cards from the 2nd edition of Avilude or ‘Game of Birds’ published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880. 64 cards + rules in box.


The Boxes

Box from 1st edition of Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee Game Company, Worcester, Mass, 1873

Above: box from first edition, 1873.

West & Lee were taken over by Noyes & Snow at an unknown date and they, in turn, were taken over by McLoughlin Bros. As can be seen, the game saw several editions, with improvements along the way, no doubt aiming to enhance the instructive character of the game relating to natural history.

See the original 1873 patent registration

Box from 2nd edition of Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880

Above: box from second edition, c.1880.

Box from 3rd edition of Avilude or Game of Birds

Above: box from third edition, now apparantly improved.

Box from 4th edition of Avilude or Game of Birds published by Noyes & Snow

Above: glorified box artwork from fourth edition published by Noyes & Snow showing steam ships and railroads in the background.

Last Updated July 26, 2020 at 02:57pm

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