CUT THE RIBBON, CHARLES B. DARROW
Posted on March 12, 2013 by admin
It was 1934, the period of Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers but didn’t get any chance from this encounter. Darrow was at that time a domestic salesman, and one of many people who, during that time, had been playing a game of buying and trading property. The game’s direct ancestor was The Landlord’s Game, created by Elizabeth Magie. Charles Darrow didn’t find peace and with the help from a friend who was a printer, started making an homemade Monopoly version. In a few he sold 5,000 handmade sets of the MONOPOLY game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved the game, and as the demand grew, he couldn’t keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers. The rest is history. Nowadays, Monopoly is still the best-selling board game in the world, sold in more than 100 countries and produced in 37 languages.