Braille Scrabble Crossword Game

Game, Board

Accession Number: 2001.88

Description: A modified version of Scrabble for both blind and sighted players. The original playing surface is glued to a masonite board and covered with a clear plastic overlay with ridges outlining the edges of the 225 playing spaces to keep tiles secure on the board. Double letter, triple letter, double word, and triple word spaces are marked in braille on the overlay. Includes 100 white plastic tiles. Letter tiles have both braille and print on the same side to indicate letters and values. Blank tiles are not marked. Also included are four blue plastic tile racks. A piece of brown felt, approx. 2 in. in diameter, glued to the bottom of the board, allows the board to be rotated. Game rules are provided in print and braille; braille version, "Rules for Playing Scrabble," is 20 pages and printed by National Braille Press, 1980. Cleaning instructions are embossed in braille on a separate piece of paper. There is a printed order form for replacement tiles. Game is stored in its original cardboard box with green cloth covering and gold-stamped lettering on the top and sides of the lid. Inside is a smaller cardboard box with blue cloth covering and gold-stamped lettering on the lid, to store the tiles and racks; and, a gray vinyl pouch with flap.

Width: 16

Length: 16

Depth: 2

Date Made: ca. 1980

Place of Origin: Bay Shore, New York

Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2001.88

Subjects: Board games Recreation

Dimension Notes: 1 x 1 in. (tile); 15.375 x 15.375 in. (board); 1.25 x 8.5 x 8.5 in. (smaller cardboard box); 9 x 5.75 in. (pouch)

Made: Selchow & Righter Company

Material: Paper, masonite, plastic, felt

Updated: 05/20/2020