The Story Behind Monopoly Pieces
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March 31, at Foreverfinery 5 out of 5 stars. The Number 7 game box was changed from black to blue. Such championships are also held for players of the board game Scrabble. Later non-tarnishing tokens were made of lead and tin.
By , a board game had been created much like the version of Monopoly sold by Parker Brothers and its related companies through the rest of the 20th century, and into the 21st. Several people, mostly in the Midwestern United States and near the East Coast , contributed to the game's design and evolution.
By the s, the idea that the game had been created solely by Charles Darrow had become popular folklore; it was printed in the game's instructions for many years, in a book devoted to Monopoly , and was cited in a general book about toys even as recently as Also in the s, Professor Ralph Anspach , who had himself published a board game intended to illustrate the principles of both monopolies and trust busting , fought Parker Brothers and its then parent company, General Mills , over the copyright and trademarks of the Monopoly board game.
Through the research of Anspach and others, much of the early history of the game was "rediscovered" and entered into official United States court records. Because of the lengthy court process, including appeals, the legal status of Parker Brothers' copyright and trademarks on the game was not settled until The game's name remains a registered trademark of Parker Brothers, as do its specific design elements; other elements of the game are still protected under copyright law.
At the conclusion of the court case, the game's logo and graphic design elements became part of a larger Monopoly brand, licensed by Parker Brothers' parent companies onto a variety of items through the present day. Despite the "rediscovery" of the board game's early history in the s and s, and several books and journal articles on the subject, Hasbro Parker Brothers' current parent company did not acknowledge any of the game's history before Charles Darrow on its official Monopoly website as recently as June International tournaments, first held in the early s, continue to the present, although the last national tournaments and world championship were held in Starting in , a new generation of spin-off board games and card games appeared on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
In , the first of many video game and computer game editions was published. Since ,  many official variants of the game, based on locations other than Atlantic City , New Jersey the official U. In , Hasbro permanently changed the color scheme and some of the gameplay of the standard U. Edition of the game to match the UK Edition, although the U. And Hasbro has also been including the Speed Die, introduced in 's Monopoly: In , the Georgist Lizzie Magie applied for a patent on a game called The Landlord's Game with the object of showing that rents enriched property owners and impoverished tenants.
She knew that some people would find it hard to understand the logic behind the idea, and she thought that if the rent problem and the Georgist solution to it were put into the concrete form of a game, it might be easier to demonstrate.
She was granted the patent for the game in January The Landlord's Game became one of the first board games to use a "continuous path", without clearly defined start and end spaces on its board. Although The Landlord's Game was patented, and some hand-made boards were made, it was not actually manufactured and published until His students made their own boards, and taught the game to others. A shortened version of Magie's game, which eliminated the second round of play that used a Georgist concept of a single land value tax , had become common during the s, and this variation on the game became known as Auction Monopoly.
By this time, the hand-made games became known simply as Monopoly. Simultaneous to these events, Magie moved back to Illinois , and married Andrew Phillips. This version, unlike her first patent drawing , included named streets though the versions published in based on her first patent also had named streets. Magie sought to regain control over the plethora of hand-made games. After the Thuns learned the game, they began teaching its rules to their fraternity brothers at Williams College around Layman, in turn, learned the game from the Thun brothers who later tried to sell copies of the game commercially, but were advised by an attorney that the game could not be patented, as they were not its inventors.
After the demand for the game increased, Darrow contacted a printing company, Patterson and White, which printed the designs of the property spaces on square carton boards. Darrow's game board designs included elements later made famous in the version eventually produced by Parker Brothers, including black locomotives on the railroad spaces, the car on "Free Parking", the red arrow for "Go", the faucet on "Water Works", the light bulb on "Electric Company", and the question marks on the "Chance" spaces, though many of the actual icons were created by a hired graphic artist.
Darrow first took the game to Milton Bradley and attempted to sell it as his personal invention. They rejected it in a letter dated May 31, In early , however, the company heard about the game's excellent sales during the Christmas season of in Philadelphia and at F. Schwarz in New York City. Parker Brothers held the Magie and Darrow patents, but settled with Copeland rather than going to trial, since Copeland was prepared to have witnesses testify that they had played Monopoly before Darrow's "invention" of the game.
Monopoly was first marketed on a broad scale by Parker Brothers in A Standard Edition, with a small black box and separate board, and a larger Deluxe Edition, with a box large enough to hold the board, were sold in the first year of Parker Brothers' ownership. These were based on the two editions sold by Darrow. Nor were there property values printed on spaces on the board. Some of the designs known today were implemented at the behest of George Parker. Darrow admitted that he had copied the game from a friend's set, and he and Barton reached a revised royalty agreement, granting Parker Brothers worldwide rights and releasing Darrow from legal costs that would be incurred in defending the origin of the game.
Watson and his son Norman tried the game over a weekend, and liked it so much that Waddington took the then extraordinary step of making a transatlantic "trunk call" to Parker Brothers, the first such call made or received by either company.
The game was very successful in the United Kingdom and France, but the German edition, published by Schmidt Spiele disappeared from the market within three years. This edition, featuring locations from Berlin, was denounced, allegedly by Joseph Goebbels to the Hitler Youth due to the game's "Jewish-speculative character.
Goebbels, again who lived on those sections of the game board given the highest property values, and not wanting to be associated with a game. Waddington licensed other editions from to , and the game was exported from the UK and resold or reprinted in Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Chile, The Netherlands, and Sweden.
In Italy, under the fascists , the game was changed dramatically so that it would have an Italian name, locations in Milan , and major changes in the rules. This was for compliance under Italian law of the period. Versions of DKT have been sold in Austria since The game first appeared as Monopoly in Austria in about Waddingtons later produced special games during World War II which secretly contained files, a compass, a map printed on silk, and real currency hidden amongst the Monopoly money, to enable prisoners of war to escape from German camps.
Veldhuis features a map on his "Monopoly Lexicon" website showing which versions of the game were remade and distributed in other countries, with the Atlantic City, London, and Paris versions being the most influential.
Hungary was the first, in ,  followed by the Czech Republic and Poland in ,   Croatia in ,  Slovenia in ,  Romania and a new edition for Russia in ,   and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, all in In , Parker Brothers published four further editions along with the original two: Evening Star newspaper, which discussed her two editions of The Landlord's Game.
However, during the Christmas season, sales picked up again, and continued a resurgence. During the war, Monopoly was produced with wooden tokens in the U. The game remained in print for a time even in the Netherlands, as the printer there was able to maintain a supply of paper. After the war, sales went from , a year to over one million. The French and German editions re-entered production, and new editions for Spain, Greece, Finland and Israel were first produced.
All of them were stolen from the exhibit. Parker Brothers was acquired by General Mills in February See " The Monopoly Tournaments " below. Regular and Deluxe 50th Anniversary editions of Monopoly were released that same year. Kenner Parker was acquired by Tonka in In the United Kingdom, Monopoly publisher Waddingtons produced its first non-London edition in , creating a Limited Edition based on Leeds as a charity fundraiser.
Monopoly Junior was first published in Kenner Parker Tonka was acquired by Hasbro in In , the license to the company that would become USAopoly was issued, and they produced a San Diego, California edition as their first board. In , a license for new game variations and reprints of Monopoly was granted to Winning Moves Games. See the Localizations, licenses, and spin-offs section below for details on further releases by both companies.
In , a 60th Anniversary edition was released in a gold box. Voters were allowed to select from a biplane , a piggy bank , and a sack of money — with votes being tallied through a special website, via a toll-free phone number, and at FAO Schwarz stores. In March , Hasbro announced that the winner was the sack of money with 51 percent of the vote, compared to 29 percent for the biplane and 20 percent for the piggy bank.
Thus, the sack of money became the first new token added to the game since the early s. Monopoly", and released Star Wars: A 65th Anniversary Edition was released in a variation of the white box in The first release of this edition was for the UK market, and its success led to the selection of properties for a U. The most popular properties were released on the U.
The Electronic Banking Edition uses VISA -branded debit cards and a debit card reader for monetary transactions, instead of paper bills. A version was released in the U. An electronic counter had been featured in the Stock Exchange editions released in Europe in the early s decade , and is also a feature of the Monopoly City board game released in The Mega Edition has been expanded to include fifty-two spaces with more street names taken from Atlantic City , skyscrapers to be played after hotels , train depots, the denomination of play money, as well as "bus tickets" and a speed die.
By , the die, now red, became a permanent addition to the game, though its use remains optional there. In early , Hasbro began selling the Free Parking and Get out of Jail add-on games, which can be played alone or when a player lands on the respective Monopoly board spaces. If played during a Monopoly game, success at either game gets the winning player a "free taxi ride to any space on the board" or "out of jail free", respectively. In early , a board game version of the Monopoly Hotels online game was released.
The token with the least number of "Save Your Token" votes will be retired, and replaced with one of five other tokens, depending on which of the new candidates gets the most votes.
The potential tokens were a robot, a helicopter, a cat, a guitar or a diamond ring. Early on February 6, it was announced that the iron would be retired for having received the least votes, and the cat would be replacing it, having received the most votes.
Such championships are also held for players of the board game Scrabble. Accounts differ as to the eventual winner: Barton,  an error was made by one of the participants and a protest was filed by an opponent.
The judges Barton, Watson, and a representative from Miro , the French publishers of Monopoly weighed the options of starting the final game over and delaying the chartered plane that would take them home from Iceland vs allowing the game to stand with the error but allowing them to make their flight. In the end, the judges upheld the result of the game with the error uncorrected.
World Champions were declared in the United States in and and are still considered official World Champions by Hasbro. While the tournament, the first, matched three United States regional champions against the UK champion and thus could be argued as the first international tournament, true multinational international tournaments were first held in By , tournaments in the United States featured a competition between tournament winners in all 50 states, competing to become the United States Champion.
National tournaments were held in the US and UK the year before World Championships through — but during the same year as of see table, below. The determination of the US champion was changed for the tournament: In the past, the US edition Monopoly board was used at the World championship level, while national variants are used at the national level. The original hand made editions of the Monopoly game had been localized for the cities or areas in which it was played, and Parker Brothers has continued this practice.
Their version of Monopoly has been produced for international markets, with the place names being localized for cities including London and Paris and for countries including the Netherlands and Germany, among others.
By , Parker Brothers stated that the game "has been translated into over 15 languages The game has also inspired official spin-offs, such as the board game Advance to Boardwalk from There have been six card games: Finally, there have been two dice games: Don't Go to Jail from and an update, Monopoly Express , — A second product line of games and licenses exists in Monopoly Junior , first published in In the late s, official editions of Monopoly appeared for the Sega Master System and the Commodore 64 and Commodore Various manufacturers of the game have created dozens of officially licensed versions, in which the names of the properties and other elements of the game are replaced by others according to the game's theme.
When creating some of the modern licensed editions, such as the Looney Tunes and The Powerpuff Girls editions of Monopoly , Hasbro included special variant rules to be played in the theme of the licensed property. Infogrames , which has published a CD-ROM edition of Monopoly , also includes the selection of "house rules" as a possible variant of play. Electronic Arts , which publishes current electronic versions of the game, such as for the Nintendo Wii , also includes the selection of certain house rules.
Unofficial versions of the game, which share some of the same playing features, but also incorporate changes so as not to infringe on copyrights, have been created by firms such as Late for the Sky Production Company and Help on Board.
These are done for smaller cities, sometimes as charity fundraisers, and some have been created for college and university campuses. Others have non-geographical themes such as Wine-opoly and Chocolate-opoly. Before the creation of Hasbro Interactive, and after its later sale to Infogrames , official computer and video game versions have been made available on many platforms.
A version for Windows CE was planned in In , Stern Pinball, Inc. The official Parker Brothers rules and board remained largely unchanged from to Ralph Anspach argued against this during an on-air conversation with The Monopoly Book author Maxine Brady in , calling it an end to "steady progress" and an impediment to progress. Gyles Brandreth included a section titled "Monopoly Variations," Tim Moore notes several such rules used in his household in his Foreword, Phil Orbanes included his own section of variations, and Maxine Brady noted a few in her preface.
Wayne Schmittberger, a former editor of Games magazine, acknowledged the work of Gunther and Hutton in his own guide New Rules for Classic Games which includes several pages of Monopoly variations and suggestions that vary from the standard rules of the game.
Starting in , Parker Brothers and its then corporate parent, General Mills , attempted to suppress publication of a game called Anti-Monopoly , designed by San Francisco State University economics professor Ralph Anspach and first published the previous year.
Among other things, Anspach discovered the empty Charles B. Darrow file at the United States Copyright Office, testimony from the Inflation game case that was settled out of court, and letters from Knapp Electric challenging Parker Brothers over Monopoly. As the case went to trial in November , Anspach produced testimony by many involved with the early development of the game, including Catherine and Willard Allphin, Dorothea Raiford and Charles Todd.
Willard Allphin attempted to sell a version of the game to Milton Bradley in , and published an article about the game's early history in the UK in In December , the 9th U. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Professor Anspach, with an opinion that agreed with the facts about the game's history and differed from Parker Brothers' "official" account.
With the trademark nullified, the name "Monopoly" entered the public domain, where the naming of games was concerned, and a profusion of non-Parker-Brothers variants were published. Parker Brothers and other firms lobbied the United States Congress and obtained a revision of the trademark laws.
Later in the race car purse was added to the 7 token sets and then in about the middle of the purse was added to 8 token sets. In late and early the lantern and rocking horse were added to 10 token sets, these peices are especially hard to find nowadays.
The first pieces, from to about , were made by the Dowst Manufacturing Company, makers of "Tootsietoys. Impurities in the manufacturing process caused some of them to oxidise and turn black. Later non-tarnishing tokens were made of lead and tin. These non-tarnishing playing pieces appeared in sets licensed by Parker Brothers throughout the world, although some prewar Canadian sets included generic turned wood pawns of various shapes. Metal was needed for the war effort, so wood pawns were used for most "Monopoly" pieces during that time.
A few games had composite playing pieces made of compressed paper and sawdust. These playing pieces were fragile, and since not many were produced they became collector's items.
In the United Kingdom, some sets used wood pawns from the game "64 Milestones" as tokens, but the majority were cardboard cut-outs slotted into black wooden bases. Dowst focused on die-cast toys after the war, so Parker Brothers produced its own pewter playing pieces based on the Dowst originals. In , United Kingdom sets used cardboard cut-outs in coloured bases. In , these were replaced by tokens cut from sheet metal, which were fitted with metal stands. These were the standard pieces until the s when the pewter tokens replaced them.
Some of these tokens from the s being a car with driver counterpart to the race car howitzer counterpart to the cannon , airplane, aswell as the dog, horse and rider, and wheelbarrow, but these tokens were officially added in the s.
Some of these can be seen in the photo above. A picture of the cannon can be seen at the top of the page.
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