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Object ID 001658

Object Name Game of Authors card game

Object Desc Cardboard box containing 21 cards used to play The Game of Authors. Manufactured by Parker Brothers. Box has image of balding, bearded man reading books on the lid.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001341a-w

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General Category History

Category Game


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Cabinet 1, Shelf 10

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Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Parker Brothers,card games,Game of Authors,games,authors,pack of cards,toys,

Title Game of Authors card game

Description Light colored cardboard box with base (1341a) and lid (1341b) which contains 21 rectangular cardboard cards for the Game of Authors. Box lid has colorful paper label depicting a balding, bearded man reading books. Label also has the following text: "The Game of Authors, Nickel Edition, Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass. U.S.A." Bottom of box has writing in pencil, appears to be a name and location - perhaps S. H. Gantt, Hayville. Also has 2.00 written in pencil on outside edge. Inside lid the name "Sam Gantt" is written along with "from Sutxxxe". Box bottom interior has initial F.H.G. written in pencil. 21 cardboard author cards depict authors Scott (c-e), Tennnyson (f-h), Longfellow (i-k), Howells (l-n), Holmes (o-q), Hawthorne (r-t), Cooper (u-w). The game was played similar to Go Fish, with players attempting to collect complete author sets.


Approx Collection Date

Height 0.75

Length 4.75

Width 3.5

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

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Dimension Details Above dimensions are of the box. Author cards measure 2.25 x 3.25"

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Parker Brothers

Maker Details Parker Brothers was founded by George S. Parker. Parker's philosophy deviated from the prevalent theme of board game design; he believed that games should be played for enjoyment and did not need to emphasize morals and values. He created his first game, called Banking, in 1883 at the age of 16. Parker founded his game company, initially called the George S. Parker Company, in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts in 1883. When George's brother Charles joined the business in 1888, the company's name was changed to its more familiar form. In 1898 a third brother, Edward H. Parker, joined the company. For many years, George designed most of the games himself, and wrote all the rules. Parker Brothers remained family owned until 1968 and is currently owned by Hasbro.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY1341a-w



Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Good

Assessor Molly Hannan

Notes The box lid has some staining and discoloration. Label is intact. Clear tape runs around the outer edges of box lid to repair tears. Box base is stained. Clear tape has been used to repair damage. Author cards have some edge wear and discoloration.


Date MAR 6,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 17 from Room 7, Shelf 24 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Cabinet 1, Shelf 10 from Room 1, Shelf 17 - automatic entry by admin