History of Monopoly

Monopoly has been a staple board game in most households for years. The familiar square board with properties lining the perimeter is one that can bring families together and cause frustration, laughter and fun. The game’s objective is to own the most amount of land, and have the most amount of monopoly money out of all other game players. The meaning behind this was started back in 1902 with an American woman named Elizabeth Magie, with the intent of showing the repercussions of the economic rent, and highlight Georgist viewpoints on economic privilege, as well as the value of land taxation. This was then known as ‘The Landlords Game’, this was where the history begins. 

It was a few years after ‘The Landlords Game’ conception that Charles Darrow watched his friends playing the game, after losing his job to the Stock Market crash of 1929. He soon has learned the rules of ‘The Landlords Game’, he went and patented his own version of the game soon after based on the streets of Atlantic City. He called his version of the game ‘Monopoly’. By 1930 Darrow had been marketing this game, which was originally hand drawn on a round piece of oilcloth with the help of his wife, son and a graphic artist for the iconic imagery you still see on the game today. By 1933, Darrow had copyrighted Monopoly. 

Throughout 1934, Darrow sought to sell his board game. It was originally rejected by popular company Milton Bradley, and later by Parker Brothers as it was “too technical and complicated”, also sighting concern about the games length. It was after the board game’s popular sales in Christmas of 1934 that the President of Parker Brothers reconsidered the game, calling a private meeting with Darrow and later purchasing the rights to the board game ‘Monopoly’.  They later learned of the similarity between Magie and Darrow’s games, and also purchased the rights to ‘The Landlords Game’, and other equivalents of the game. 

It was from there that the Parker Brothers mass produced the game, which saw it become a world-wide phenomenon. By 1974, over 80 million copies of the game had been sold. 

Today, Monopoly has sold more than 250 million copies in hundreds of different variations including a Braille version, a full game made only of Chocolate, and a 23-carat Gold version amongst many more. Within the 21st century, there was also a version made where monopoly credit cards were used instead of the popular multi-coloured money seen within the game. 

A game with an extensive history with no end in sight, Monopoly is essential for any household in the world. With numerous versions of the game out there, you should see the multitude that we stock at Hobbyco. With popular television show versions of the game, city specific games and limited edition copies, Hobbyco have the affordable games you need for any board game night!

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Monday, 3 April 2017 - 3:11pm