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C-135 Alexander Hamilton Fulton game collection

Identifier: C-135

Scope and Contents

Collection contains over 130 toys and games, primarily from the 20th century, which document the leisure pursuits of families during that time. The collection includes handheld dexterity and coordination games, board games, dice and card games, and tabletop games. The games are made primarily of metal, wood, paper, plastic, and glass. Many games are by R Journet.

Note that some games contain mercury and are to be handled with caution.

Full inventory is available in Other Finding Aids notes.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1915-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Hamilton Fulton was an emeritus member of the Middlebury College Board of Trustees. He donated a gift that established the John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in Liberal Arts, in honor of his father.

R. Journet is best known for producing compact, boxed, dexterity puzzles. They challenged a player to move items or ball bearings through mazes, obstacles and traps with the aim of accurately positioning these items in pre-determined locations or holes. Robert Journet started in business with a toy shop in 1878 near Paddington, London, and produced the first dexterity puzzles in the 1890s selling mainly in the UK, then expanding into the US from 1918. He died in the 1930s. His son Frederick continued to expand the company until it was taken over by Abbey Corinthian Games in 1965. Production continued into the 1970s.


circa 130 Objects

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Other Finding Aids

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was a gift from Alexander Hamilton Fulton, an emeritus member of the Middlebury College Board of Trustees. Games were donated in a wooden trunk, also in Special Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States