Bombs Away! Restoring 1940s Board Game Art

'Bombs Away! The Game of Thrills' was a board game produced by Toy Creations Inc. sometime in the 1940s. My dad played it when he was a kid and was reminded of it when he spotted the game's tattered packaging at a garage sale. We found patent number 137,482 on the box and learned that the game board was designed by Thomas D. Pitts of Glen Ridge, NJ (our neighboring town!). It was a fun discovery.

Unfortunately, the game's packaging was ripped, water-stained and frail with age. I took a photo of the cover art so I'd have a visual reference, then, I spent 20-30 hours re-illustrating the artwork. (It took that long because I'm a sucky illustrator.) No regrets. It's a pleasure to see the game's artwork in striking color and knowing that it is forever immortalized as a digital illustration.

The final re-illustration, saved as a web-friendly JPEG. The colors are a best guess at what the original hues were.

The final re-illustration, saved as a web-friendly JPEG. The colors are a best guess at what the original hues were.

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