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Dave S
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Please don't spread the made up version of history. The real history of Monopoly is far more interesting. 

Charles Darrow didn't develop Monopoly. The game was invented and patented in 1904 by a woman named Elizabeth Magie. The game was published by the Economic Game Company. Between 1904 and 1935 the most common way people obtained the game was on versions of the board they made themselves (after learning the game from someone else), usually without having any form of written rules. In 1933, Charles Darrow took the version of the board developed by a family of Quakers (who had recently moved from Atlantic City and made their board based off of that city), had them write down their rules for the game, had a cartoonist friend of his come up with some art for the game so that it wasn't all text, and tried to sell the game to Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers (both of whom rejected it). When Parker Brothers started to feel the pains of the Great Depression, then they agreed to publish the game.

The true history of Monopoly came to light when an economics professor at San Francisco State University named Ralph Anspach created a game called Anti-Monopoly in the early 1970s. Parker Brothers threatened to sue him over the game. In retaliation, Anspach made the case that Parker Brothers had no legal grounds to sue him because neither Parker Brothers nor Charles Darrow held the patent on Monopoly (only the Trademark on the title itself).

Interesting Fact: "Marvin Gardens" is misspelled on every Monopoly board. At the time, "Marven Gardens" was a housing development in Atlantic City in Margate and Ventnor.