The Parker Brothers

George parker was born December 12, 1886 in Salem, Massachussetts.                                   He was the son of George Augustus and Sarah Hegeman Parker.

At age 16,George Parker  created a game called "Banking". He borrowed money from his high school principal and developed 500 copies. In 1888 he was joined by his brother Charles. In 1896 George married Grace Eliza Mann and had two sons and a daughter.

Two years later Parker and Charles was joined by their other brother Edward. By 1901 the company had incorporated under the name Parker Brothers,with George retaining the president.

How did the parker brothers affect the culture during the 1930s?

They affected culture by making games to amuse people                                                   instead of the moralistic games that exits at the time.

The company enjoyed a number of successes, but Parker occasionally introduced products that failed. One invention of Parker's early days that has remained incredibly popular is "Child's Tennis," the game played with two bats and a ball over a net stretched across a table that became known as table tennis. After a company in England improved upon the game's design, Parker gained the rights for the newly named "Ping-Pong"  which became an international hit.

Of the more than 300 games sold by Parker Brothers at the time of Parker's death, more than 100 of them had been invented and developed by Parker himself. The greatest and most famous of all the products, however, was invented by an unemployed laborer, Charles Darrow, and initially rejected by the company. "Monopoly, " which remains one of the best-selling games of all time, was developed during the Great Depression.

When Parker died on September 26, 1952, his son-in-law Robert Barton and other family members took over to usher Parker Brothers into the next era of toy making. Who eventually sold the company to hasbro.

Fun Facts

The Monopoly game is currently published in 47 different languages and sold in 114 countries

The Parker Brothers purchased the rights of the Ouija board in 1996.

Work Cited

Hamilton, Neil. "George Parker." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 14 May 2015.