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This included Darrow's inventory of game parts. PB immediately began selling Monopoly games using the Darrow game parts.
About 24, - 25, of these were maunfactured. This included a small of the No 9 long box, very rare today.
Overgames were produced with this label. This statement was used for a while inbut they discovered that there were other games very much like Monopoly already with patents. To protect their investment in Darrow's Monoply game, they decided to purchase the patent to the Landlords game and added that patent to their Monopoly games. This is patent 1, In the meantime, PB applied for their own patent on Monopoly. Their patent was issued on Dec 31,patent 2, The new patent was added to the labels and games produced from - included both patents Dating monopoly games on the labels.
When the patent expired Dating monopoly gamesthey dropped that from the labels and used only the later patent issued to them. Parker Brothers had an office in London and included this city on the labels of their Monopoly games. That office closed in and London was replaced by Chicago. Dating early Monopoly games is done by the patent s and cities listed on the labels.
Most early games can be dated within a few years using these label elements. Canadian Monopoly games were introduced in and closely resembled the U. These seem to be extremely rare. The game boxes pictured below show different label des and kind of a chronology of manufacture. I'm always adding new box varieties so check back once in a while for updates. Please feel free to me with corrections, questions, or comments. Also, check out the online Vintage Monopoly Game Collectors group here.
Lots of good stuff there about early Monopoly games. This style box was a Darrow de and Parker Brothers just continued production Dating monopoly games his de. Once Parker Brothers figured out Monopoly was taking off, they decided to offer a variety of different game options. One of the first things changed was the color of the box from black to blue. By the end ofall the boxes with this label de were switched to the blue color. It is the first to Dating monopoly games wholly manufactured by Parker Brothers and is very similar to the Darrow version, except for the addition of player pieces and a rede of Darrow's black box.
It was produced in limited s for only a few months in mid Estimates are that about 24, games might have been produced. The 'Trade Mark' version was also produced in the long box No 9 version. Sorry, no pictures of that one Dating monopoly games yet. Parker Brothers applied for a patent and added this to the games. By this time, Parker Brothers realised the game was going to be a hit so production was ramped up considerably. It is estimated that over'Patent Pending' games could have been made.
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This is the next version. After purchasing rights for Monopoly from Charles Darrow, research discovered another game very similar to Monopoly had been patented in by Elizabeth Magie. Parker Brothers quickly purchased that patent from Magie and put it on their Monopoly games just to cover their claim to the rights to the game. That patent 1, replaced the Patent Pending labels. This group includes a very few No. As far as I know, less than a dozen of these game boxes exist today.
On Dec 31,Parker Brothers was issued a patent for Monopoly, patent 2, Almost immediately, very early inthis new patent was added to the Magie patent on all Monopoly games, replacing the single Magie patent. These patents also Dating monopoly games on the several new varieties introduced by Parker Brothers throughout These patents remained on all Monopoly games until when the Magie patent expired and was removed.
They produced 1. The 7 game box was changed from black to blue. Also, Parker Brothers was issued their own patent for Monopoly on Dec 31, and they wanted the world to know about it, so they printed that on these game boxes. Late inParker Brothers realized that Monopoly was going to be their best seller and drafted a marketing plan to promote the game. By earlyall Monopoly games included this wording. Another promotional idea was to introduce the 5 game, Dating monopoly games much the same as the 7 game, except there were 8 player pieces instead of 7 AND it cost 50c more.
They printed these changes on the first 5 game boxes. They added that bit of information to the legals statement. This is about the most common variety of s Monopoly. InParker Brothers closed their office in London and removed the city from the box. This was replaced by Chicago.
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This is a very hard to find variety, with Chicago AND the dual patent because the Magie patent 1, expired in and had to be removed, so this version was only printed in Inthe Magie patent expired and was removed from the game boxes. Inthe text 'REG. As far as I can tell, this was the last version of the 7 game. It was discontinued in and was wholly replaced by the 8 Popular Edition as the only small box game being made. There are 2 versions of this Dating monopoly games, the brown box and black box versions.
The brown box version was first, but didn't last very long before Parker Brothers chose to go with the black box version. I believe Parker Brothers found the brown boxes were too hard to come by. The New Edition games are very hard to find. On Ebay, only 1 in 20 New Edition games are the brown box version, and the matching brown boards are even harder to find.
Conclusion - the black box and board is scarce, the brown box version is very scarce, and the brown New Edition board is rare. When production of games with metal play pieces d after the Dating monopoly games, it included a different style cannon than the one pictured on the label, and also a different version of the car. After the war, metal for game tokens was available and the old token pictures were once again added to the box tops. Problem was, the molds used to make the cannons were not available and it was replaced with a more modern howitzer style cannon and the shoe was replaced with a cowboy on a rearing horse.
The older Dating monopoly games car now has a driver, too. This version originated with the same small sized boxes as the other 2 types. A lot of thought went into the de of this box. It was made from The first of these had a green border.
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In the early s, Parker Brothers added a red border box, as well. This was the first version of the Popular Dating monopoly games. It had both the Magie 1, and the Parker Brothers 2, patents and included London in the list of cities. This configuration was used until InParker Brothers dropped London from the list of cities and added Chicago. Not much else was changed. Inthe early Magie patent expired and it was removed from the legal description.
Inthe REG U. These modifications are present on this box. Also, inParker Brothers introduced a new version of the Popular Edition with a red trimmed box. They were sold along side the green box versions. The Parker Brothers patent 2, expired on Dec 31, and they were no longer Dating monopoly games to use that on their games, but there was still a ificant inventory of box labels already printed up with that. They decided to reprint a 'moustache' over the expired patent and use them anyway. These are a bit hard to find, though not impossible. The first batch made in used these labels until they could get the revised labels printed up.
InSan Francisco was added to the list of cities. This version of Monopoly was also made by Parker Brothers in the U. Each follows the same general pattern, but each has it's own character, as well. They are all very hard to find. Copp-Clark immediately applied for a Canadian patent for the game.