Selchow and Righter was a 19th- and 20th-century game manufacturer
best known for the games
Parcheesi and Scrabble. It was based in Bay
Shore, New York.
It dates back to 1867 when it was founded as E. G. Selchow &
Co. In 1880, to reflect his new partnership with John Righter, the
company name was changed to Selchow and Righter. Games were also
produced by Chaffee & Selchow, particularly between 1897 and 1902.
Until the mid-twentieth century
Selchow and Righter was considered a
"jobber", a game company that produced and licensed other peoples'
Their first hit was Parcheesi, which they purchased the rights to in
1870 and trademarked in 1874. In 1952 they licensed
James Brunot, then purchased that trademark in 1972. Other notable
S&R games include
Anagrams (1934), which was a Victorian word
game, originally published by Selchow and Righter,
Jotto (1955), which
was licensed by
Selchow and Righter in the 1970s, and Trivial Pursuit
which was licensed from Horn Abbot in 1982.
Other games which were produced by Selchow and Righter:
"Go For Broke"
"Meet The Presidents"
Whodunit (1972) A similar game to
Cluedo in which 6 players move
around the board as investigators, obtaining opportunities to view
other player's "alibi" tokens and collecting other "clues" to the
identify of the murderer, weapon used, room in which committed, and a
new category: motive. Whodunit draws on a similar setting and
character types, including a colonel and maid, but in which the
suspects are not the players.
"Mr. Ree!" (1937)
"Home Team Baseball"
"Huggin' The Rail"
"Ur: Royal Game of Sumer".
Selchow and Righter was purchased by
Coleco Industries in 1986 for $75
million USD in cash and notes.
Coleco Industries purchased the
games from Selchow & Righter, but not the trademark of the
company's name. The trademark for "Righter" in the commercial use of
games and entertainment remains under the control of the Righter
Family; specifically, Philip Righter, the 2x great grandson of John
Righter, the company's original co-founder.
Coleco declared bankruptcy and its primary assets were
Hasbro for $85 million USD in cash, plus options to buy
one million shares of
Hasbro stock at a price of $28.85 (at the time
the deal closed,
Hasbro stock was worth only $20 a share).
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^ Whodunit Board Game. BoardGameGeek. Retrieved on
^ Whodunit Mystery Detective Game – Rules at Welcome To Boddy Manor
^ Mr. Ree! Board Game. BoardGameGeek. Retrieved on 2012-12-05.
Mr. Ree! The board game that inspired "Clue"
^ Tim, Walsh (2005). Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers
Who Created Them. Kansas City MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing.
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^ "Hasbro's Purchase of Coleco's Assets". New York Times.