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Object ID 001788

Object Name Halsam Checkers

Object Desc Cardboard box with "Checkers by Halsam" on lid in red ink. Box contains 9 red and 11 black wooden checkers.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001413a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Game


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 1, Shelf 7

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords checkers,games,Halsam (brand),toys,boxes,

Title Halsam Checkers

Description Cardboard box with printed lid containing 20 wooden checkers. Box base (1413a) is cardboard with tape to repair damages. Box lid (1413b) has red printing and the words "Checkers by Halsam", the Halsam logo, and "made in USA" on the top. Inside edge of lid has 5H/24 printed on it. Checkers are wooden with different designs on each side. One side is a comet design, with three stars with tails surrounding a planet. The other side has two concentric rings made up of raised dots. Nine checkers are red in color, eleven are black. Box appears to have been able to hold four more checkers.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 7.75

Width 0

Depth 2.75

Diameter 1.25

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Height, length and depth measurements are for the box. The diameter measurement is for each checker.

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Halsam

Maker Details Halsam Products Co. was founded in 1917 by brothers-in-law Harold Elliot and Sam Goss, Jr. Early production focused on wooden blocks. Halsam was always on the cutting edge of the toy business. Besides utilizing state-of-the-art automation, they were the first Disney licensee back in 1937 Halsam forged relationships with major department store retailers, TV advertising, unique promotional techniques (Happy Halsam comic) and were early participants in the consolidation into what is now Hasbro. In 1962, Playskool purchased Halsam.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001413a-b



Date MAR 20,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes The box is in fair condition. Both the lid and base have been taped and have edge wear and tears. The checkers are in need of cleaning. One black and three red checkers are missing from the set.


Date MAR 20,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 20 from Room 7, Shelf 6 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 7 from Room 1, Shelf 20 - automatic entry by admin