A Very Famous Board Game Renewed

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

Do you remember being a kid, and the board games would come out. The family would sit around the table, the most famous one in our house was Monopoly. Monopoly has been around for what seems forever.

Did you know that before Charles Darrow had sold this game to Parker Brothersthat it had actually been created by a different person.

 Born to James Magie a newspaper publisher and abolitionist that had been with Lincoln travelling with him in Illinois during the late 1850s debating politics with other people like Stephen Douglas  in 1866  Elizabeth (Lizzie) Magie arrived one year after Lincoln had been assassinated.

In 1933 Lizzie Magie had created this game in 1902 in her home calling it “THE LANDLORD’S GAME”  a legal file had been made by Lizzie in 1903 for the game that she patented  in 1904. This Landlord’s game had been made for a protest against Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, these people were the big Monopolists of that era.

Lizzie only made a small amount of $500.00 from this game.

In 1933 Charles Darrow made a claim that he invented the game changing the name from The Landlord’s Game to Monopoly selling it to Parker Brothers , Charles made millions.

Lizzie had fought him on this in 1936, having interviews with the Washington Post and the Evening Star, showing the newspapers a photographer’s lens proving she was the first creator of the game. The thought was that she had used up her money in Lawyers fees, Printer Fees,and Patent Office Fees to develop the game, getting her lost somewhere. Lizzie died in 1948, she had no children to carry on her legacy, her headstone  and her obituary did not mention her creation.

Charles Darrow, became a millionaire when selling this game to Parker Brothers, Parker Brothers were failing at this time, and when they bought the game from Charles it brought them back up to where they could keep their company alive again. When first trying to sell the game to Parker Brothers they did not want the game, it was not until Charles was selling it to department stores and they saw how great it was that they then decided to purchase the game and it’s rights from Charles. In 1991 Hasboro bought out Parker Brothers  games including Monopoly.

Did you know that the characters in the original game had names? The rich guy’s name was Rich Uncle  Milton Pennybags, as of 1999 his name was changed to Mr. Monopoly.

The guy that was in jail was Jake The Jailbird. The Police officer’s name was Officer Mallory.

Over 250 million games of Monopoly have been sold since 1933.

There have been over 1,144 different types of Monopoly created.

Last year while shopping in Walmart we found Vernon opoly, so of course we bought it. This game has places like Davison Orchards, Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon Winter Carnival, etc. The Jail place has been replaced by a Traffic Jam instead. It is just as much fun as the original Monopoly Game but better because it’s in our area.

I would like to make a Lumby one, I think that would just be the cat’s meow!

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