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Atomic Bomb Board Game

Identifier: MSSP 10105

Scope and Contents

American-made manual dexterity board game depicting the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945. The object of the game is to maneuver two plastic capsules containing a weighted metal ball into holes in a map of Japan representing Hisoshima and Nagasaki, the two cities destroyed by atomic bombs dropped by the United States. Tokyo is also labeled on the map without any corresponding target hole. The black and yellow cardboard surface of the game features a map of Japan and an oversized bomb labeled “Atomic Bomb” falling from the sky. The bomb and the map are surrounded by explosion lines. The top of the game surface reads: “The A. C. Gilbert Company, New Haven, Conn., U.S.A., Printed in U.S.A.” The game is enclosed in a thin blue aluminum case with a small plate of glass over the top.


  • Creation: c. 1946

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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 A. C. Gilbert Company was a prominent twentieth century American toy manufacturer based in Connecticut. Originally founded in 1909 by Alfred Carlton Gilbert as the Mysto Manufacturing Company, the company adopted the name A. C. Gilbert and Company in 1916. A. C. Gilbert Company manufactured and sold a wide variety of toys including erector sets, chemistry sets, games, puzzles, and toy trains. The firm went out of business and sold it assets in 1967.


.01 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Steven D. Goldberg, University of New Haven, “The demise of the A.C. Gilbert Company”:

Physical Description

3.3 inches (width) by 4.4 inches (height) by 3/4 inches (tall)

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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