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Parker Brothers

Parker Brothers is an American toy and game manufacturer and brand founded in 1883. The company has published over 1,800 games; among their best known products are Sorry!, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Ouija, Aggravation, Quit (1904), Rook (1906), Militac (1916), Pit (1919), Old Maid, Touring (1926), Hop Off (1927), Lindy (1927), Monopoly (1935), Cluedo (licensed from UK publisher), Flinch (1938), Contack (1939), Funny Bones, Cabbage Patch Kids (1984) and Probe. It has been determined that the manufacturer of Parker Bros cards was Standard Playing Card Co of Chicago. Their playing card brands included Rembrandt, Bellevue and Castle Bridge. Parker Brothers is currently a subsidiary of the multinational entertainment company Hasbro.

The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890

Above: The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890  more

Parker Brothers advertisement for UK market

Above: Parker Brothers advertisement for UK market.

“Rook” was patented in 1910

Above: “Rook” was patented in 1910. The rule book carries copyright dates of 1910, 1916 and 1919. Image courtesy Matt Probert.

Parker Bros advert, c.1926
“Touring”, the Great Automobile Card Game, © 1926 Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts

Above: “Touring”, the Great Automobile Card Game, © 1926 Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts  more

‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927

Above: ‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927  more

‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc.

Above: ‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc.  more

Head-to-Head Poker by Parker Brothers / Hasbro, 2005

Above: Head-to-Head Poker by Parker Brothers / Hasbro, 2005. Image courtesy Matt Probert.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: All images courtesy Rex Pitts (except where stated otherwise).

Last Updated June 08, 2017 at 01:27pm

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