According to Whitehill, the game of Sorry was first produced in England. It was a modification of the game of Parcheesi. In addition to the modification in the design of the board, this game also makes use of playing cards as well as dice.

Note the box top label. The words "The Fashionable English Game of Sorry" are printed at the top, suggesting that the Copp Clark Co. was licensed by the English producer of this game. Under the title word "Sorry" (printed in large black letters), is a coat-of-arms with the Latin words "SAPERE ANDE" in the ribbon. The box size is 3.9cm x 23.3cm x 46.3cm.

In 1934, the game was licensed to Parker Brothers and then produced and sold in the United States. The Museum's copy was purchased at a Canadian antique shop in 1982; however, this copy was produced by The Copp Clark Co. in 1938 and carries the Canadian patent number 324486, and is somewhat different from the Parker Brothers version. The game is now produced in the United States by Hasbro.

The game is for 4 players. The game board is a stylized parcheesi board, 45.5cm square x .2cm thick. The board folds in half. Each player has 4 wooden pawns of one color - red, yellow, blue, green. Examples can be seen at the top and bottom of the photograph of the board.

There are 45 playing cards. Playing cards (8.4cm x 5.4cm) with red and white flowered backs are used by players to indicate where they can place one of their pawns on the board. The deck is placed in the middle of the board. Instructions printed in black are on the face of each card.

Last update March 5, 2010