Up for sale is the vintage 1926 version of Parker Brothers’ popular and famous automobile card game Touring. It was a specialty card game. Originally patented by the Wallie Dorr Company and produced in 1906, Touring was picked up by Parker Brothers in 1925. It is widely believed by game aficionados that the popular French card game Mille Bornes was derived from Touring. After several revisions, Touring was discontinued shortly after Parker Brothers picked up the American license of Mille Bornes.
The graphics and lettering of the original Touring box burst with color. The top of the box has a few spots as well as frayed edges and corners (see accompanying photographs), but it is overall in good vintage condition for a game now 87 years old! The box bottom is in stable condition with some indecipherable pencil writing in one corner.
Touring comes with 100 playing cards with 12 different faces. The front of the cards are printed in black, and the card back design is printed in red. A few of the cards have creases, but the majority are in good vintage condition. Some cards have slightly discolored, some have minor spotting, and a few others show wear on their faces. In addition, this set has two advertising cards: one for the card game Rook (another venerable card game from Parker Brothers), and the other promotes Pastime Picture Puzzles. The object of the game is to be the first player to lay down 16 mileage cards. Please note that no instructions for the game are included, but they can be found on the Internet.
For an evening for delightful family entertainment, the vintage travel card game Touring is ideal!