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The invention of classic board game Monopoly

The invention of classic board game Monopoly

The invention of classic board game Monopoly


Originally shared by Ed Pearce

Parker Brothers begun selling Monopoly on February 6, 1935

Monopoly was invented in 1934 by Charles Darrow (1889-1967), a Pennsylvania heating engineer who had been reduced to selling stoves.

Darrow adapted Monopoly from a similar game, The Landlord’s Game, devised in 1903 by Elizabeth Magie of Virginia.

The original Monopoly game was made from materials from Darrow’s own home. A piece of oil cloth covered the board, and the cards were handwritten. The original houses and hotels were made from wooden molding scraps.

Charles Darrow first suggested using buttons to identify the different players. His nieces had the idea of using metallic pieces from charm bracelets.

Monopoly was initially rejected by Parker Bros for having „52 fundamental playing errors”. The games manufacturer bought it in 1935 after Darrow enjoyed great success in selling it himself.

Parker Brothers’ original version of the game in this format was based on real streets and locations in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The metal pieces in the original 1935 edition were lantern, purse, rocking horse, iron, racing car, thimble, shoe, top hat, cannon and battleship.

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