History Of Monopoly

Monopoly has become something of a classic board game. Even people who don't often play games still know what it is. Additionally, it has been featured in hundreds of books, movies, and television shows all around the world. While the game is well known, most individuals have no idea who created it, how it rose in popularity, or why the game became the cultural cornerstone that it is today.

Historians note that Monopoly has been around for well over a century. The game existed in various forms since as early as 1902. Originally, there was a similar title known as The Landlord's Game which was created by Elizabeth Magie. This game began development in 1902 and Magie patented it in 1904. She held on to the patent for over 30 years, before selling the game rights to Parker Brothers in 1935. The company bought Magie's patent for $500.

Between 1934 and 1935, Parker Brothers bought the rights to The Landlord's Game and other titles that were similar to it. Then, in late 1935, the company began to market their newest title, Monopoly. They sold it in two versions: standard and deluxe. The game immediately took off in popularity and millions of Americans clamored to buy it. By 1936, one year after its release, the Monopoly craze had become so big that Parker brothers decided to release it outside of the United States. New versions of the game were created and sold in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

The game remained popular throughout the 1930's and 1940's. During the Second World War Monopoly special games were created and distributed to Allied prisoners. These contained secret maps and compasses so that they could escape captivity. When the war ended, Parker Brothers expanded the game's distribution all around the world. By the 1960's the game could be found in almost every major country. And by 1974, over 80 million Monopoly boards had been sold.

Monopoly board games have existed for over 100 years. While they were originally known by other names, such as The Landlord's Game, they still enjoyed quite a bit of popularity. However, when Parker brothers released the first official version of Monopoly, the game's demand skyrocketed. And the public's need for the game never died down. The craze continued to build throughout the United States before spreading all over the world. Eventually, it reached the point where players could find a copy of Monopoly in nearly every single country on Earth.