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Strong National Museum of Play Artifact of the Month – Monster Old Maid
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Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert
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Dateline: New York, NY
Friday, August 26, 2022

 

In 1957, Screen Gems bundled together pre-1948 classic horror films from Universal Studios and released the package for syndicated television. Marketed as “Shock Theater,” the films included Frankenstein, Dracula, The Invisible Ray, Werewolf of London, and The Wolf Man, among others. The films usually aired on late night television, but many children snuck into their living rooms to catch the show. The series launched a nationwide monster frenzy. The next year, Famous Monsters in Filmland magazine launched, filled with monster photos, movie magic, and silly puns. The films and magazine proved just the thing the nation wanted. Americans had recently witnessed the horrors of World War II and were now riddled with anxiety about the H-bomb and the Red Scare. People related to the themes of mind-control, paranoia, information-age anxiety, and security threats prevalent in the horror genre. Toy manufacturers soon caught on to the demand for monster related products. In 1964, Milton Bradley Company released Monster Old Maid. The cards featured illustrations of the Universal monsters and the box cover advertised that the game came “with monster size cards.”

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