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HISTORY OF THE MUNRO GAME


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Don Munro Sr.

Donald Munro. Sr.

Original Munro Game ( undated )

Donald Munro invented the game as a way of helping his family survive the Great Depression of the 1930s. Helped by his wife, two sons and a daughter, Munro assembled his first games in the basement of his north Toronto home ( 45 Foxwell Avenue). The company expanded through the years, first to a small factory in downtown Toronto ( the Yonge/ Wellesley area), and finally to a facility in Burlington, Ontario. In 1944, the company introduced the National 9-Man Baseball game which was endorsed by Babe Ruth. Replicas of this game can now be purchased on this site.
For years Munro sold the hockey game through the T. Eaton Company Fall and Christmas catalogue. Munro Games Ltd., which dropped the original red and green game in 1954, replacing it with its own version of the rod hockey game, was sold to a U.S. company in the 1970s. The U.S. company is no longer in business.

The last president of the Munro Game Ltd, Donald Munro, Jr., son of the founder, died in August 1999. Munro lived in retirement in Burlington, Ontario, just west of Toronto.



Hockey Hall of Fame exterior
Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto

Original Munro games can be seen in the collection of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The Museum of Man in Hull, Quebec and the Museum and Archive of Games at Ontario's University of Waterloo also have the games in their collections.
Games can still be purchased in flea markets and antique shops, some still in surprisingly excellent condition, but they are becoming increasingly difficult to locate.

Owners who once threw out the games with the garbage or sold them for practically nothing are keeping them as family heirlooms. Depending on the condition, they can fetch from $ 100 to $ 300. One lucky Toronto memorabillia collector recently told me he bought what sounds like a mint-condition 1954 model game for $100. It was in such good condition he first thought it was a replica!.



Original game with box
An original Munro game with container




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