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A Monopoly Timeline

The board game, Monopoly, was invented in 1934.
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Picture of the board game, Monopoly.
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The world's most famous board games is getting a new look. Monopoly, which has players competing for wealth by buying and trading property using play money and the roll of a dice, has been played by millions of people around the world. Kidzworld takes a closer look at the game of Monopoly.

Monopoly - History

The game of Monopoly was invented in 1934 by Charles Darrow, an unemployed man from Pennsylvania, who was struggling to survive during the Great Depression (a period in the 1930s when there was high unemployment and poverty). Darrow took the game to Parker Brothers, who rejected it because they thought the game was poorly made. But Darrow had big dreams of fame and fortune, so he produced the game himself and sold 5,000 handmade sets to a Philadelphia department store. With its play money and stylish game tokens, Monopoly became a huge hit and Parker Brothers eventually agreed to buy the rights to the game. More than 70 years later, the game has been published in 27 different languages and inspired billions of hours of entertainment and family feuds.

Monopoly - Here and Now

In the summer of 2006, Monopoly will be releasing an updated version of the board game featuring America's most famous properties and landmarks, from 22 Amercian cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Boston. In this new version, New York Avenue may be replaced with New York's Times Square while the famous Boardwalk space could be replaced with LA's Rodeo Drive or the Golden Gate Bridge. The new properties for the Here and Now version of Monopoly were determined by an online poll and the updated game will be released in late summer of 2006. For more info, head to www.monopoly.com.

Monopoly - Fun Facts

  • More than 200 million copies of Monopoly have been produced since the game was first sold in 1935.
  • In the 1970s, a Braille edition of the Monopoly game was created for the blind.
  • The longest Monopoly game ever played was 1,680 hours long. That is 70 straight days! World records also exist for longest games played in a tree house (286 hours), longest game played underground (100 hours), and longest game in a bathtub (99 hours).
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