Introduced in 1890 by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, the card game, "History Up-to Date" is a simple question game like other history card games of the late 19th century. They must have produced the game for 20 more years, at least adding important events and dates, because this version's latest question was about signing the Armistice on November 11, 1918. The original 5-1/2" x 7" x 1" box with a color lithograph of a Civil War battle pasted on top of the lid, houses 48 numbered cards with the answers above the questions. The instruction sheet, telling how to play the game, calls it "a New, Instructive Game for the Home or the Schoolroom". Advertising on the back of the instruction sheets shows the game of Pit and Rook, patented on March 22, 1910). Parker Brothers became very successful throughout the 20th century, producing more than 1800 games since 1883, when at 16, George S. Parker created his first game called "Banking". The hundred year old game is complete and in excellent condition, with a light bend across the box lid. Lots of great historical information makes this a perfect gift for a history buff or teacher. It is amazing that the game has survived in such fine condition!. Thank you for visiting.