Vienna Historical Society
Preserving the History of Vienna and Mount Vernon, Maine

Milton Bradley                                               

The home of the Vienna Historical Society standing at the corner of Route 41 and Bradley Road in Vienna Village, was built shortly after 1800.  In 1836, the residents were Lewis and Fanny (Lyford) Bradley, who that year gave birth to their only child, Milton.  The Bradleys resided in several other local communities, including Mount Vernon and Mercer, where they operated a starch mill, before finally settling in Lowell, Massachusetts.

As a young man, Bradley worked as a draftsman, which he found unsatisfying.  He then taught himself lithography and print-making.  Using an imported game as a guide, Bradley decided he could manufacture and market such a game in this country, and in 1860 introduced The Checkered Game of Life.  It was an instant success and continues in production to this day as The Game of Life.  With his financial future secure, Bradley turned his attention to the education of children, and was an early supporter of the kindergarten movement, which he supported with the publication of two magazines, Kindergarten News and Work and Play.  

                       Checkered Game of Life Board


              Milton Bradley
             1836 - 1911

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