The World Has Been Playing Monopoly for 75 Years!
Monopoly, the world’s most popular board game, celebrates its 75th year anniversary today. The game, which was first marketed on November 5, 1935 is now available in 111 countries and 43 languages. There is a Braille version for the visually impaired. A chocolate version was marketed by Neiman Marcus in its 1978 Christmas catalog for US$600. In the 1980s, artist and jeweler Sidney Mobell created a version of the game using solid gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. This version is currently on display at the Museum of American Finance in New York and it is valued at US$2 million. Hasbro and Google created an online version of the game in 2009 and an Apple iPhone application was released in February 2010. So here’s to many more years of ‘passing Go’, ‘collecting $200’ and ‘getting out of jail free’.
See how it’s made, as workers at the Monopoly manufacturing factory reflect on the board game: