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Game Night: 1942

Game Night: 1942

October 1942. "New York, New York. Dr. and Mrs. Winn with daughters Janet and Marie, a Czech-American family, playing Chinese checkers while Grandmother knits." Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.


Game Night: 1942

This family was Joseph A. Winn, wife Hanna, and daughters Janet and Marie. They came to the US from Czechoslovakia in 1939. Joseph became a well-known psychiatrist. He passed away in 1983. Janet (Malcolm) is an accomplished writer and journalist, and a long-time staff member of the New Yorker. Marie (still Winn) is an author and journalist. See these three links for more information about each of them.

Chinese Checkers

In the '50s my family used to play that game. Hated it. Sometimes had to play it when it was dictated that another player was needed, and I would be it. Could not wait to lose and be out. If at all possible, I would not have been in the room.

I thought it was YOUR mother.

I'm guess from the shared eyebrows that the grandmother is his mother. She looks grumpy; maybe she wanted to join the game also.

Hold the Slovak

They were playing Chinese Czechers.

The Watcher on the Wall

The photograph is of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a sociologist and philosopher who became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia.


He is considered their George Washington. Today both Czechs and Slovaks still revere him as a symbol of democracy. His personal motto was "Do not fear and do not steal."

Sixty years after his death, he made it on the cover of an album by Faith No More.


Picture of the man

Thomas Masaryk, the first president of independent Czechoslovakia.

Family time

That's when I was 3 months old but the photo reminds me of my family playing CLUE on the kitchen table. Board games and card games almost every night before television.


Can anyone identify the man in the framed photo on the wall? He must be held in high esteem to be there. Also I think Grandma is sewing, as she is holding a piece of woven fabric.

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