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Birth of Charles Darrow

Posted in Anniversary, History on Saturday, 31 July 2010

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picture, Playing board games in Ancient Crete

Playing board games in Ancient Crete. Illustration by Peter Jackson

10 August marks the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darrow in 1889. Darrow was a domestic heater salesman from Germanstown, a neighbourhood of Philadelphia. He lost hisjob during the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and, noticing his neighbours playing home-made board games in which the object was to buy and sell property, created his own. He marketed it as Monopoly and began selling copies locally. In 1935 he patented the game and sold the rights to Parker Brothers who marketed it widely, within a year the game selling 20,000 sets a week.

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