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1939 PUT and TAKE game by Transogram Company

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This little gem of a game is a great example of party entertainment from the 1930s. One expert explains, "Put & Take tops were very popular from the 19th century to about the 1940’s. They could be carried in ones pocket and used anytime in a bar or other gathering place for an impromptu gambling session. Each player would contribute chips, coins or currency to a pot. They would take turns spinning the top. Some tops had six sides, others eight sides. The roots of the game can be traced far back." (http://www.antiquegamblingchips.com/putandtake.htm)

This "Gold Medal PUT and TAKE with Game Chips" was made by Transogram Co., Inc. in 1939. They were based in New York and the game proudly states "Made in the USA" on the front.

The graphics on this box are incredible! I love the insert that holds the top and proclaims "Everybody's Game!" in period-era font. This would make a neat display piece or addition to a game collection.

This game is also completely functional, of course. Basically, you play by spinning the top and taking or contributing the number of chips indicated...it is simple and fun! I think there are some chips missing (since there are not the same amount of each color) but we played this anyway by adjusting the number we used, and it did not affect the gaming. You could also use other things as chips--candy, money, or poker chips for instance. Great for any age group--our four year old loves to play!

In good vintage condition for its considerable age. The spinning top and game chips have only minor wear and fading, but the box has a break on a corner and in the cover. It looks as though the spinning top pushed through the surface when it was closed. The damage is not very noticeable overall.

Box measures 6.25" x 4.5" x 1.25"
Spinning Top measures 1.75", 45 game chips included

1939 PUT and TAKE game by Transogram Company

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