Rack in the sky

One of the more interesting exhibits in the Historic District of Jackson Heights, Queens, New York:

Street sign on 35th Avenue at 81st Street, Queens, New York

Alfred Mosher Butts (1899-1993) was living in Jackson Heights in 1938 when he invented a board game which he called “Lexiko.” To get it into stores, he sold the rights to entrepreneur James Brunot, who made some minor tweaks to gameplay and a major change to the name: Brunot called it “Scrabble.”

This is the intersection of 35th Avenue and 81st Street, though the latter isn’t worth nearly as much in point value.

(Via Kevin J. Walsh.)

3 comments »

  1. Mike »

    11 August 2018 · 3:49 pm

    “Lexico” would have gotten you more points!

  2. CGHill »

    11 August 2018 · 4:27 pm

    And “scrabble” is eight letters, so you can’t fit it onto your rack: you’d have to start with one letter already on the board.

  3. Roger Green »

    12 August 2018 · 6:57 am

    I lived in Jackson Heights for 4 months during the Summer of Sam, I mean summer of 1977.

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