The extremely rare Mrs. Casey Wants to Know card or “parlor” game was manufactured and distributed by Parker Brothers, Inc., of New York and London in 1910. Mrs. Casey Wants to Know is a question-and-answer card game, involving players taking turns asking questions and answering those questions with random cards. If the answering player laughs or smiles, he loses his card. The winner of this “nonsense reading” game is the player with the most cards when the supply of cards runs out.
Really a rare find, Mrs. Casey Wants to Know is in relatively great used condition. All of the corners of the box top and bottom are intact. The color graphic on the box lid remains nicely vivid, though it does have a water stain in the lower-righthand corner. There are two sets of cards: 73 cream-colored question cards that begin with the phrase “Mrs. Casey wants to know . . . ,” and 33 lavender-toned answer cards that begin with the phrase “Tell Mrs. Casey. . . .” The cream-colored cards are in great condition; however, several of the purple cards have folds and creases. The instructions are in great condition with some yellowing due to being more than a century old.
Marketed with the statement “Laugh, and the World laughs with you,” the antique Mrs. Casey Wants to Know card game provides hours of hysterical entertainment for family and friends. For those who are collectors of antique cards games, this rare product makes for a surprising and valuable addition to a game and toy collection.