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SELCHOW AND RIGHTER was a 19th- and 20th-century game manufacturer best known for the games Parcheesi
Parcheesi
and Scrabble
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' games.

Their first hit was Parcheesi
Parcheesi
, which they purchased the rights to in 1870 and trademarked in 1874. In 1952 they licensed Scrabble
Scrabble
from 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, Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit
which was licensed from Horn Abbot in 1982.

Other games which were produced by Selchow and Righter:

* "Go For Broke" * "Cap-It" * "Cargoes" * "Cabby" * "Jamboree" * "Meet The Presidents" * "Assembly Line" * 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) * "Prospecting" * "Super Market" * "Blast Off" * "Games Galore!" * "Globe-Trotters" * "Home Team Baseball" * "Huggin' The Rail" * "Snake Eyes" * "Ur: Royal Game of Sumer".

Selchow and Righter was purchased by Coleco
Coleco
Industries in 1986 for $75 million USD in cash and notes. Coleco
Coleco
Industries purchased the games from Selchow specifically, Philip Righter, the 2x great grandson of John Righter, the company's original co-founder.

In 1989 Coleco
Coleco
declared bankruptcy and its primary assets were purchased by 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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