Copyrighted, produced and distributed by Parker Brothers, Inc., in 1947, Game of States and Cities delves into the geography of the United States of America. It presents two different games that people can play: “Name the States” and “Questions and Answers.” The game contains 48 state cards upon which play for both games is based. Remember that this game was manufactured in 1948, so Alaska and Hawaii are not included in the game as they had not yet achieved statehood.
The games cards are printed on green card stock and are in good vintage condition, though there is some minimal discoloration of a few of them. In addition, two cards of the same dimension and stock as the state cards advertise two other Parker Brothers Game: The Children’s Hour and Monopoly. A small slip sheet is also included that describes “the best and easiest way to learn a new game.” This sheet is in good condition, too.
The instruction sheet is only bent in the areas where it needs to be folded to be placed safely in the game box. Other than the usual folds, the instruction sheet is legible and in good condition.
The game box is in good condition, though it does have some torn side panels where cellophane tape was used to close the box. Tear marks also appear on the box bottom. The top has one minor tear in the upper left-hand corner. Its graphics remain clear and bright. See accompanying photographs to review condition issues.
Though now dated in its factual information, Game of States and Cities would make for a wonderful gift for an evening of family entertainment as well as a fun addition for any collection of vintage games and toys.