The photograph at the right is of a commercial Parcheesi board in the collection. It was copyrighted by Selchow & Righter Company in 1938, thought it is difficult to tell when it was actually produced. The board (46.4cm square) is made of printed cardboard, folds in half, and the design is typical of many editions of the game produced for the North American market by Selchow and Righter Company over the years. The center square is labeled "home", and within the design it includes a series of copyright and patent dates.
Games like Pachisi and Parcheesi are the most famous examples of these types of game, though Ludo and Yut also use the same kind of board. Ludo is an English game, while Yut is native to Korea.
Woolson Spice Co. (Toledo, OH) published a game called "Pachesi" sometime around 1894. Whitman Publishing Co. (Racine, WI) published the game of Parchesi - A Game of India in 1939. The National Games Co. (Portland, OR) published Pachisi - The Game of India about 1940.
Parcheesi was trademarked in 1874. This was the Victorian Age, when Europe and America were becoming interested in the world beyond. No doubt, part of the allure of Parcheesi was its exotic origins. In early marketing, and for decades to follow, the game's subtitle was Royal Game of India.
|Noun||1.||Parcheesi - a modern board game based on pachisi|
pachisi, parchesi, parchisi - an ancient board game resembling backgammon; played on a cross-shaped board
trademark - a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product