1913 Parker Games Advertisement

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, December 17, 1913:  Went to town this afternoon to do my Xmas shopping. I managed not to spend all the money I had taken along with me, and still bought the presents I had decided upon.

Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)
Source: Ladies Home Journal (December, 1913)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Yeah! It’s always good when gifts cost less than anticipated.

Grandma, what did you buy? . . . . Maybe a game for your 8-year-old brother Jim that both you and he would enjoy playing?

19 thoughts on “1913 Parker Games Advertisement

  1. My husband and I used to play Rook all the time in the evenings, and I’m NOT OLD! :-)
    Wish I could have money left over…
    Christmas was simpler then, wasn’t it? Heck, life was simpler then!
    love those old ads!

  2. I love playing games, but it’s dangerous with my shoot-to-kill hubby. Years ago, in an effort to get him into game playing, I taught him Chinese Checkers. For the next week he was obsessed with it, wanting to play over and over and over again – but he’d never want to finish a game. The moment he realized I was ahead, he’d remove his marbles. Then he mastered it and would beat me soundly every time, regardless of what strategy I employed. Had it just been a case of losing, that would have been fine, but he enjoyed beating me so much and gloated so outrageously that I finally refused to play anymore.

  3. Oh, I still enjoy playing PIT!!! I wish I could get it for 50 cents though! I like playing with older versions because the newer ones replace the commodities with modern ones. Nah, leave me with flax and barley please!

  4. Hi Sheryl. A Christmas shopping trip – part of the season. I wonder what Helena would have thought of my shopping trips. I sit at the computer and pour over websites until I have found just the right item. Then I add them to my Shopping Cart! Lots better than concrete floors at the shopping mall! jane

  5. I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas season. (I would have liked to have sent you festive wishes sooner but was without the internet for a week due to a broken cable, so am now catching up on blogs.)

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