Chinese Checkers is based on a much earlier popular game known as Halma. Essentially played the same way, the game became known as "Chinese Checkers" some time in the early 20th century. The most common variety uses glass marbles as playing pieces and a playing board made of wood, cardboard, or pressed metal, as in this example. The rules are simple, one piece moves one space at a time unless jumping opponents' pieces; then many moves are allowed. the first to move all pieces from one side of the board to the other is the winner. Many pressed metal playing boards from the early and middle twentieth century carry exotic and bizarre Asian-inspired decorations. This exampl uses other sides of the two-piece board for playing checkers, an auto-race game, and "magnetic baseball."
|Manufacturer||Gotham Pressed Steel Corporation|
|Material||lithograph | metal|
|Origin||New York, NY|
|Style||race | strategy | sport|
|Credit Line||Gift of Janice and Bill Scahill|
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