Posted on January 11, 2015
George S. Parker markets a game called Banking.
Jan. 5, 1904
The board game The Landlord’s Game is born, patented by Lizzie Magie of Virginia. She uses this game to explain economist Henry George’s idea, who she is a devoted follower of.
In New York, the Economic Game Company is the first to manufacture The Landlord’s Game.
In the United Kingdom, London’s Newbie Game Company releases the game as Brer Fox an’ Brer Rabbit.
Quakers and followers of Henry George, better known as Georgists, spread the game by way of example and word of mouth. The game’s board usually reflects the surroundings of the area in which it is being played.
The Landlord’s Game is renamed Auction Monopoly.
Auction Monopoly is renamed Monopoly.
Lizzie Magie files for another patent for a larger version of her game.
Charles B. Darrow falls in love with the game and it becomes a popular game among his family and friends. He files for a patent and begins hand-making games, selling them as his own invention for four dollars each.
Darrow simply cannot keep up with the supply and demand and decides to bring the game to Parker brothers who totally rejects his version of the game because there are fifty-two design errors.
Darrow continues to sell as many games as he can produce.
Parker Brothers hears of Darrow’s success and decides to buy the rights to the game. To cover all angles, Parker Brothers also pays off Lizzie Magie and anybody eles who has copyrights to games similar to Monopoly and become the sole owners of the game. They pay Lizzie $500 with no royalties and makret The Landlord’s Game for a little while and then erase the game forever. They then give Charles B. Darrow credit as Monopoly’s inventor.
Nov. 5, 1935
Parker Brothers begins marketing the game.
Parker Brothers sues a Texan named Rudy Copeland for patent infringement. The name of his game is Inflation. However, Copeland countersues that Darrow’s version infringes Copeland’s patent making Parker Brother’s patent useless. Parker Brothers promptly pay Copeland $10, 000 for the rights to his Inflation game.
Dr. Ralph Anspach releases the game Anti-Monopoly. General Mills, the owner of Monopoly and its trademark demand it be stricken from the shelves followed by a public apology. General Mills also threatens to sue anybody who stocks or promotes the game. He ends up taking Anspach to court, which leads to a ten year court battle.
Parker Brothers releases The Mad Magazine Game.
Parker Brothers and Ralph Anspach are still in court over the game called Anti-Monopoly and the case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court who rule in Anspach’s favor due to the now well-known fact that Charles Darrow was not the inventor of the game.
Hasbro buys out Parker Brothers.
On TV, the game show version of Monopoly airs for twelve weeks.
Star Wars Limited Collectors Edition Monopoly is released.
National Parks Edition Monopoly is released.
Harley Davidson Edition Monopoly is released.
Wizard Of Oz Edition Monopoly is released.
Marvel Comics Collector’s Edition Monopoly is released.
Looney Tunes Official Classic Cartoon Edition is released.
Hasbro renames Rich Uncle Pennybags, the game’s mascot, to “Mr. Monopoly.”
Ghettopoly is created by Pennsylvania entrepreneur David Chang. It is sold in Urban Outfitters but the store takes it off shelves after protestors claim it is racist and inappropriate. Chang continues to sell the game through his website and plans other versions, including Hoodopoly, Thugopoly and Redneckopoly.