A few interesting facts concerning Monopoly

1930s Monopoly board

1930s Monopoly board

  • Object in question, from our collections: a Monopoly set from 1936
  • Monopoly was created by an American anti-monopolist Elizabeth Maggie Philips in 1903. She aimed to explain the single tax theory of Henry George (an American writer). The game was designed as an educational tool.
  • Originally named ‘The Landlords Game’

 

Monopoly money

Monopoly money

  •  Produced in the UK by licensed manufacturer, John Waddington of Leeds from 1936.
  • In 1941, the British Secret Intelligence Service approached John Waddington to create a special edition of Monopoly to help World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other tools for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners via the British Secret Service through fake charity groups.
1930s Monopoly board

1930s Monopoly board

 

 

 

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