Evolution of Monopoly

My friend Sam tipped me off to this series of 3 patent submission forms from the National Archives that illustrates the evolution of the board game Monopoly. The first image is the patent submission from Lizzie Magie, who created “The Landlord’s Game” in 1903 (the middle image is Magie’s 2nd Landlord patent submission in 1923 which she actually submitted under her married name: Elizabeth Phillips). Then along came Charles Darrow who, upon playing Magie’s game, began to distribute the Landlord’s Game under the name “Monopoly” (his patent was filed in 1935). It almost seems fitting, albeit a little sad, that Darrow muscled out Magie and eventually sold Monopoly to Parker Brothers. Survival of the fittest… Click on the image below to see it full size.

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