Allan Calhamer Chess Set

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Painted wood chess set designed and made by Allan B. Calhamer, the inventor of the highly influential strategy board game "Diplomacy". From his NY Times obituary by Margalit Fox on March 6, 2013:

"Released commercially in 1959, Diplomacy has sold more than 300,000 copies. It was reported to have been a favorite game of Henry Kissinger; John F. Kennedy and Walter Cronkite were also said to enjoy it. In 1984 it was named to Games magazine’s Hall of Fame, alongside stalwarts like Monopoly, Clue and Scrabble."

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    Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960s
    Good. Overall wear with marks and nicks to painted finish.
    Wear consistent with age and use
    3.63 in. H
    9 cm H
    Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
    Sold As
    Set of 32
    Reference Number
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