Fur Coats and Politics in 1971


I came across this on the Toys & Games stall of my daughters’ school Christmas Fair this afternoon. It’s the 1971 edition of a board game that was invented 1950s by a celebrated sociologist who wanted to discourage materialism. It has been in continuous production, and is interesting for the way its various editions reflect changing social values. What I noticed was the Politics caption: I assume that being “caught with mink” is a means what it says, rather than being synecdochal reference to an affair; if so, it’s a telling relic of a time when the egalitarian standards applied to politicians were somewhat higher than they are in 2015.