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Tip-Top Boxing: The Manly Art of Self Defense Board Game

 Collection — Container: MSSP10090 Box
Identifier: MSSP 10090

Scope and Contents

One board game for two players designed to simulate a boxing match. The metal board depicts a three-dimensional 8-inch by 8-inch boxing ring with ropes also made of metal. The game includes one metal and wood red spinning top and one metal and wood blue spinning top.

Players spin the tops simultaneously, and the last top to fall wins the round. Players use wooden sticks inserted into peg holes to record the winner of each round. The game includes 12 red sticks and 8 blue sticks.

The blue corner is marked with a card reading, “In this corner: Dempsey,” and the red corner is marked with a card reading, “In this corner: Tunney.”

The outside of the cardboard box depicts a well-attended boxing match. The inside front cover of the box list the game instructions, including these “Suggestions for Matches:”

Inter-collegiate as Harvard vs. Yale Inter-Scholastic as Exeter vs. Andover Inter-City as New A.C. vs. Chicago A.C. Inter-Divisional as East vs. West Inter-State as Maine vs. California International as U.S. vs. England Inter-Service as Army vs. Navy Inter-Club as Yacht Club vs. Press Club or Y.M.C.A. vs. K. of C. Inter-Scouts as Troop 1 vs. Troop 2 or Girls vs. Boys

The game was copyrighted in 1922 by the LaVelle Manufacturing Company.


  • Creation: 1922


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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

The LaVelle Manufacturing Company was a toy and games manufacturer founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1922.


.20 Cubic Feet (1 flat box)

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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