Edited by Gerald Boerner
Monopoly, of course! Why did this game capture our interest and keep us busy over the hours that we were stuck inside due to the inclement weather outside or due to illness? Because each of us had the chance to become business tycoons. We had an allocation of money and we could buy and develop property along the way. The biggest obstacles were the fund raisers (Community Chest), taking a Chance on the draw of a card, or the threat of going to Jail or having to pay income tax. But the greatest threat was landing on a developed property owned by someone else.
And, of course, there were the cute little game pieces that represented us as we made our circuit around the board. It was interesting to find out that these pieces, originally made of metal, were made of wood during World War II as part of our support of the war effort. Also it was fascinating to find out that Charles Darrow, who was awarded a patent on the game board on this day in 1935, probably modeled Monopoly after “The Landlord Game” developed and patented by Elizabeth Magie in 1904. Was Monopoly a derived work? Who knows, but it became a big hit and was purchased from Darrow in 1935 by the Parker Brothers toy company. They helped secure the patent in 1935 and it has been one of their star performers over the years.
Now let’s dive into a closer look at the origins of the board game, Monopoly, and how it has changed over the years… GLB
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Quotations Related to Monopoly:
“But no man has a monopoly of conscience.”
— Mary A. Ward
“I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.”
— Steven Wright
“I don’t know what a monopoly is until somebody tells me.”
— Steve Ballmer