SELCHOW AND RIGHTER was a 19th- and 20th-century game manufacturer
best known for the games
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
Selchow and Righter was considered a "jobber ",
a game company that produced and licensed other peoples' games.
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
Selchow and Righter in the 1970s,
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"
* "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)
* "Super Market"
* "Blast Off"
* "Games Galore!"
* "Home Team Baseball"
* "Huggin' The Rail"
* "Snake Eyes"
* "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 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).
* ^ A B "
Scrabble - History". 2005.
* ^ "A Brief History of American Games". Toy Shop. 1997.
* ^ Whodunit Board Game. BoardGameGeek. Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
* ^ Whodunit Mystery Detective Game – Rules at Welcome To Boddy
Manor (retrieved 12/27/2009)
* ^ 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
. p. 85.
* ^ "
Coleco Acquires Selchow & Righter". AP (Associated Press).
* ^ "Hasbro\'s Purchase of Coleco\'s Assets". New York Times.