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Author Orbanes, Philip E

Title The game makers : the story of Parker Brothers from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit / Philip E. Orbanes
Published Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, [2004]


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Description xvii, 245 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents First moves : 1883-1897 -- Learning the game : 1898-1910 -- Dealing with setbacks : 1911-1933 -- Rolling doubles : 1934-1952 -- Running up the score : 1953-1968 -- New rules : 1968-1984 -- Back to go : 1984-1991 -- Epilogue : 1991-
Summary "While Parker Brothers' classic games have become part of Americana, few people know the fascinating story behind the firm that sixteen-year-old George S. Parker started with only fifty dollars and a dream. In The Game Makers, Philip E. Orbanes, a game historian and former Parker Brothers executive, explores the often whimsical origins of popular games and toys - from the Monopoly Game to the Nerf ball to Ping-Pong to Sorry! - and reveals how generations of determined entrepreneurs built a family business empire."
"Through an engaging narrative based on extensive research - including the never-before-published personal archives of George S. Parker and interviews with his successors - Orbanes takes us on a journey through the birth and maturation of the toy industry as seen through the eyes of one of its greatest legends. Sprung from Parker's fervent belief that games were meant to last and be fun, this tiny family firm would grow into a brand powerhouse that reflected - and ultimately helped shape - the culture of a nation. Through world wars and the Great Depression, through natural disasters and family tragedies, Parker Brothers succeeded in bringing smiles to the faces of millions by connecting them to - or helping them forget - the events taking place around them."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-232) and index
Subject Parker Brothers, inc.
Board games.
Board game industry -- United States -- History.
LC no. 2003010768
ISBN 1591392691 alkaline paper