Remember that game from Parker Brothers that came out sometime around 1904? Monopoly! Which was actually patented in 1904, but existed as early as 1902. The earliest design was known by American, Elizabeth Magie. However, by 1934 a board game had been created much like the version of Monopoly sold by Parker Brothers.
In 1903, the Georgist Lizzie Magie applied for a patent on a game called The Landlord’s Game with the object of showing that rents enriched property owners and impoverished tenants. She knew that some people would find it hard to understand the logic behind the idea, and she thought that if the rent problem and the Georgist solution to it were put into the concrete form of a game, it might be easier to demonstrate. She was granted the patent for the game in January 1904. The Landlord’s Game became one of the first board games to use a “continuous path”, without clearly defined start and end spaces on its board. A copy of Magie’s game, dating from 1903–1904, was discovered for the PBS series History Detectives. This copy featured property groups, organized by letters, later a major feature of Monopoly as published by Parker Brothers.
The game, which takes nearly four hours to get through, is known as “The Worlds Most Popular Game”.
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