Monday, November 17, 2014


I always check out the vintage games, just like everything else, there doesn't seem to be as many around as when we first starting buying games.    But, the other day I scored this old Monopoly at the Salvation Army for $2.50 - I really only wanted it for the pieces as we had no wooden ones.  It made me want to learn more..

I don't know much about identifying games but I have learned that the method used for Monopoly is the patent year and number - the patent on this game was Canada 1936.

The board isn't in the best of shape and it's standard, it looks like any other Monopoly game.

The Chance and Community Chest cards are quite plain.  The mustached tycoon we see on the cards now was introduced in 1936, he used to be called Uncle Pennybags -  in 1999, Parker Brothers changed his name to Mr. Monopoly.  

I noticed that the property cards for the two blue groups are different shades of blue than they are now,  the rest are all the same though.

The money hasn't changed much either..

All of the pieces are wooden, that's why I wanted the game to begin with - I think the white milk bottle doesn't belong with this set and there is extra dice, the wooden dice belonged with this game but apparently, one is missing.

Monopoly was such a great game - have you played lately?  

Just a few Monopoly facts to finish off this post...

Monopoly debuted in 1933.

Wooden tokens first showed up in 1936 when demand for Monopoly grew so fast that Parker Brothers couldn't keep up with the production of the metal tokens, and again during WWII, after a ban on the use of non essential metals was imposed.  

The six original metal tokens were iron, cannon, thimble, ship, shoe and top hat.  At one time the tokens had holes in them, you could buy a bracelet at Woolworth's and wear your tokens!

$15,140 - total amount of money in a standard Monopoly game

The length of the longest Monopoly game was 1, 680 hours (lasting over 70 day)  Oh, my!!!

I did some reading on Monopoly in my book "Timeless Toys" - I haven't had it out for a while, I need to go through it again...

Linking up today with Thrifter ShareThriftasaurus and Vintage Bliss Tuesdays


  1. I've never seen all the pieces in wood. I use to love Monopoly, haven't played in years! Fun post!

  2. Hey-- what a coincidence that we both showed reference type books today. My grandparents had an old Monopoly game when I was a kid. Don't know whatever happened to that. Another coincidence-- I just finished a couple Smash pages about board games. Will post soon.

  3. I love old Monopoly games and have a small collection of the tokens and dice. It's fun to see different generations. And playing sure brings back happy memories when my 4 boys were little. Hugs!

  4. That is very cool! I love Monopoly. It's hard to find others who want to commit to a long game though! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  5. Sounds like fun to me. Love old games!

  6. I didn't know ANY of that, how fun! So are you keeping it or selling? : )thanks for linking up to thrifter share!

  7. I have 8 wooden tokens and 2 wooden dice with mine ....says copyright man. In Canada....the Copp Clark Co.under license from Parker Brothers Inc.

  8. The milk bottle was available in Canadian sets sold in the early 1960s. It was my favourite piece as a child. We bought the set around 1963 or 1964. Not sure what happened to it.

  9. Hello, I just picked up a vintage monopoly game and upon opening it, found a mix of 2 years. 1946 and 1961. In the wooden tokens there is a milk bottle? As like your post, I couldn't verify if it is an original token for that time. Interesting though abd a fun surprise.

  10. The milk bottle does belong with the game. We had this year growing up and still have it. It’s original to the game and this edition