Mille Bornes – French Card Game Craze, 1962.

by Amy Collier

Speed Limit / End of Limit
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The French card game Mille Bornes (French for ‘a thousand milestones’) was created in 1954 by Edmond Dujardin. It is a derivation of the popular American auto game Touring, originally patented in 1906 and manufactured by Parker Brothers beginning in 1925. (source: wikipedia)

The version of Mille Bornes I own is a Parker Brothers variety from 1962. The crisp graphic illustrations you see samples of above and below were designed in 1960 by French graphic designer Joseph Le Callennec.

Driving Ace / Spare Tire

Stop! / Roll!

200 / 100

Puncture-Proof / Out of Gas

Repairs / Flat Tire

Box cover

[ All imagery © ]
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For a more comprehensive post on the history of Mille Bornes complete with multiple package designs over the years visit Codex 99. I certainly would like to get my hands on the beautifully abstract game package from 1960 entitled ‘Edition Spécial’.

–Amy

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