This day in History

February 7, 1935 was a day that changed how Americans play.  Charles Darrow is credited with making the US Atlantic City variation of Monopoly that is commonly used today. He became unemployed in the 1929 crash and decided to sell copies of the game. He then brought the game to Parker Brothers, but they rejected it. So, with the help of one of his friends that was a printer, Darrow was able to sell 5,000 handmade sets of Monopoly. The demand kept growing and growing and the two could not keep up with the orders. So onFebruary 7, 1935, Darrow brought the game to Parker Brothers again and they bought the rights from Darrow and started manufacturing the slightly updated version that we know today.  The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity.  Monopoly is an icon of American Pop Culture, a picture of our commerce, and a lesson in capitalism.  The game is sold internationally.  In 2008, Hasbro released Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition. This world edition features top locations of the world. The locations were decided by votes over the Internet.  Playing this game introduces the world to our world of free trade in a non threatening way.  But, thinking back to how we played it as kids, I certainly was threatened by my brother. Could it be because I was the banker?  Humm.


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