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Tone’s Tone’s Tone’s football board game

Identifier: EPH 5057

Scope and Contents

One board game for any even number of players designed to simulate football game play. The board is printed in green yellow, red, and black, and marked to resemble a football field. Players spin a dial marked with numbers from 1-12. Tables on the game board indicate gains or losses correlating with each spin result. A two-sided football game piece (lost from this set) is used to track movement up and down the field. The game was played in four quarters and with points (for touchdowns, place kicks, etc.) counted the same as in sport football games.

The board game was patented January 6, 1925 by Success Composition and Printing Company and advertised Tone Bros. coffee. The entire front outer panel of the folded game board reads: "Tone's Tone's Tone's," and depicts a football player in mid stride holding a football as another player attempts to tackle him before a full stadium. The entire rear outer panel consists of an illustrated advertisement reading: "Tone's Golden Coffee: Champions in their class."


  • Creation: 1925


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The item is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Tone Bros. was a coffee and spice merchant based in Des Moines, Iowa. Success Composition and Printing Company was also located in Des Moines.


1 box (1 game (1 board, 1 spinner)) : cardboard, metal, color ; 55 x 35 cm board folded to 35 x 28 cm

Jennifer Brcka
2019 September 24
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556