# 42759

PARKER SISTERS; TOM OF FINLAND

Gay Monopoly : a celebration of gay life!

$1,450.00 AUD

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West Hollywood, CA : The Parker Sisters, Division of Fire Island Games, Inc., [1983]. Board game, 26 x 51 x 4 cm, illustrated (light edge wear, one corner split), containing illustrated game board and card tray housing instruction booklet, 6 tokens, 2 dice, 30 Ollie’s Bar tokens, 12 bathhouses, 21 Family Pride cards, 16 Manhipulation cards, 28 property title cards, 31 Ollie’s Sleaze Bag cards, complete bank of “In Gays We Trust” play money. Collated and complete, and very good condition, rarely found thus.

A fabulous celebration of gay life in the early eighties styled on the world’s most popular family board game.

In 1983 the ‘Parker Sisters’ published this pirated version of Parker Brother’s game of Monopoly, with ‘Profits donated to AIDS Research and Support groups’ (quote from the box). The Sisters were promptly sued by the Brothers and for nearly forty years Gay Monopoly has been coming out of the closet for a queer take on the classic board game. The game board features a large illustration by Tom of Finland, and bears his printed signature. The publishers paid Tom of Finland a licensing fee for the use of his image in the design of the game. It is a notable example of Tom’s imagery being used in an authorised manner for a commercially produced object, at a time when there was mass piracy of his artworks.

We thank Durk Dehner, Founder, Tom of Finland Foundation for his assistance in confirming the authorised involvement of Tom of Finland in this publication.

 

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