CARGOES a grand Adventure and Travel game

Continuing with my macro of game pieces theme, this is another vintage board game that I inherited from my grandparents.  Cargoes is a board game introduced by Selchow and Righter in 1934 which involves trying to earn the highest amount by delivering cargo to distant ports.  Each player chooses one of the four metal cargo ships and navigates around the board picking up and delivering cargo.

It is very interesting to look at games like this and see what has changed over time.  For example, the cargoes in the game include Ivory from Africa and Turtles from the Galapagos.  Unless the game was changed to SMUGGLERS, I don’t think this would play too well in today’s world view.

The artwork is by  William Llowyn Longyear (1899-1980) an artist, author and professor who was one of the most well-known and prolific game designers of the period.  A beautiful Art-Deco style map of the world is the playing board.

See below for some more views of the game.

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