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HISTORY OF SCRABBLE

THE HISTORY OF SCRABBLE

In 1938 Alfred Mosher Butts an out of work Architect from Poughkeepsie, New York invented a board game based on anagrams and crosswords. The game was called "Criss Crosswords". A similar earlier game was known as "Lexiko". At that time, all the established manufacturers rejected Alfred Butts game for commercial development.

Then Alfred Butts met James Brunot an entrepreneur from Newtown, Connecticut and together they refined the rules and design. In 1948 they also changed the trademark name to "Scrabble".

In 1952, legend says that the game "Scrabble" made its big break when Jack Straus, president of "Macy's" played the game while on vacation, following which he placed a large order.

Over the years the manufacturing rights have been sold to different manufacturors and the popularity of the game has continued to rise.

Alfred Mosher Butts continued to play the game "Scrabble" until he died in April 1993 at the age of 93.