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.)


  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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