What was the original monopoly?
The board game Monopoly has its origin in the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord's Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902.
How did monopoly start?
Early history The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903, when American anti-monopolist Lizzie Magie created a game which she hoped would explain the single tax theory of Henry George. After the meal, the Todds introduced Darrow to The Landlord's Game, which they then played several times.
What do Monopoly pieces represent?
Author and game expert John Chaneski revealed: “The car, top hat, and dog were all possessions of the wealthy. “The thimble, wheelbarrow, old shoe, and iron were possessions or tools of the poor.”
Who invented the original concept behind Monopoly?
Elizabeth MagieIn fact, the rules to the game had been invented in Washington DC in 1903 by a bold, progressive woman named Elizabeth Magie. But her place in the game's folk history was lost for decades and ceded to the man who had picked it up at his friend's house: Charles Darrow.