The Invention of Monopoly
Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday Moment. One of my all-time favorite board games is Monopoly, and it just so happens that this classic game is the focus of today’s blog post.
The board game Monopoly has its origins in the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly was known as The Landlord’s Game. The game was designed by an American named Elizabeth Magie to show problems with various economic laws of the day. Magie first patented The Landlord’s Game in 1904.
After that, many similar board games were created. By 1933, 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 contributed to the game’s design and evolution. It was not just one person.
There have been many spin-offs of this game since 1970. There was even a lawsuit over the copyright. The game is now owned by Hasbro Games and is still well-loved by many, young and young at heart. My father and uncle taught me this game, and I’ve been hooked ever since then. Now I love playing with my grandmother.
Well, that’s all I have for today, Sparkles. You can buy the original Parker Brothers’ Monopoly game here. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away.