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, The Game of Cities, Trivial Pursuit, Ouija, Black Cat Fortune Telling, Aggravation, Quit (1904), Rook (1910), 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.
Above: The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890 more →
Above: The Game of Cities published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1898 more →
Above: Parker Brothers advertisement for Touring and Pit, c.1926.
Above: Parker Brothers advertisement for UK market.
Above: “Rook” was patented in 1910 by George S. Parker [see patent registration].
The rule book carries copyright dates of 1910, 1916 and 1919.
Image courtesy Matt Probert.