MONOPOLY DARROW, CHARLES. An early Monopoly "White Box" Game Set.
[Germantown, PA: Charles Darrow, 1934]. An early original Monopoly game set, copyrighted 1933 on the game board and with imprint to the rules sheet. The game board, hotels, dice, cards and scrip money all in the printed white box of issue, the entirety housed in a fine blue morocco backed clamshell case with gilt lettering. The box overall 20 1/2 x 22 inches (52 x 56 cm). Splits and some wear to the original box, acquired from James Cummins Bookseller, a very fine set in a wonderful state of preservation and attractively presented.
A rare "White Box" Monopoly set from 1933, the first commercially available Monopoly game before inventor Charles Darrow sold the game to Parker Brothers in 1935. Within the fragile original box the set contains a folding game board (opening to about 20 x 20 inches); the printed game rules "How to Play Monopoly/1934 Rules"; 32 green wooden hotels; 12 red wooden hotels; 2 wooden dice; 16 Community Chest cards; 16 Chance cards; 28 Property Deed cards; and scrip money in various colors and denominations. Darrow originally produced homemade versions of Monopoly before securing its copyright in 1933 and began manufacturing "White Box" sets such as this which were sold at Wanamaker's Department Store in Philadelphia.
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