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Human Chess Game 1904

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Human Chess Game 1904

A game of chess using people (dressed as soldiers) as pieces, is played at the home of the American millionaire George J. Gould. Date: 1904

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Chess Dressed Gould Human Millionaire Pieces Played Games


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1. Title: A Grand Chess Spectacle: Human Chess Game at the Home of Millionaire George J. Gould, 1904 This photograph showcases an extraordinary event that took place in the United States in 1904: a human chess game. The game, which was played at the residence of American millionaire George J. Gould, featured people dressed as soldiers as the chess pieces. This unique adaptation of the classic board game was a remarkable spectacle that drew significant attention and intrigue during the early 20th century. George J. Gould, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist, was known for his extravagant entertainments and charitable endeavors. The human chess game was just one of many extraordinary events he hosted at his estate. In this game, soldiers dressed in uniforms representing the opposing sides of the chessboard engaged in a strategic battle, moving and positioning themselves according to the rules of the game. The photograph captures the intensity and drama of the game, with onlookers gathered around the board, eagerly observing the moves of the human pieces. The soldiers, dressed in military uniforms, display focused expressions as they plan their next moves. The intricate details of their costumes and the elaborate setting further enhance the visual appeal of the image. This photograph is a fascinating glimpse into the past, offering a unique perspective on the way people found entertainment and amusement during the early 1900s. The human chess game at George J. Gould's home stands as a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the era and continues to captivate audiences today.

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