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Catchalot - Game of Jumping Skill : game pieces

Date: 1936
Overall: 28 x 7 x 7 mm, 1.07 g (each game piece)
Medium: Wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Game pieces
Object No: 00028207

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    This unusual American-made game based on a whaling theme. The title Catchalot is from the French word for Sperm Whale. The game was produce in 1936, but harkens back fifty years to a more active time of American whaling. The game is played like checkers with two players jumping over each others game pieces.
    SignificanceAn unusual American-made game based on a whaling theme. The game is patented in New Bedford Massachusetts, one of the most active whaling ports in the world by Chester Howland, the son of a whaling captain. Children's games by the nature of the use they receive are rarely found to survive, especially in this condition.
    HistoryChester S. Howland was a renown New Bedford MA resident, whaling expert and lecturer. He was the author of Thar She Blows! and the son of Captain George Howland, a whaling captain. A brochure about Mr. Howland is available on the object file or online at:

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