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Monopoly: 1935 Commemorative Edition

Updated on January 10, 2009

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Since its creation in 1935, there have been hundreds, possibly thousands, of editions of Monopoly from the classic board to themed boards to local boards. However, in all of the versions every made, there is one edition that stands above the rest: the 1935 Commemorative Collector's Edition released in 1985 for the 50th anniversary. It is the edition that made me fall in love with the game.

A special thanks goes to Mark Hamburg, who provided the wonderful photograph "Polaroids" you see here of the 1935 Commemorative Edition.

A Brief History of Monopoly

The earliest version of the world's most popular game was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933. He sold homemade versions of the board game drawn on oilcloth. By 1935, Parker Brothers realized the potential of the game based upon the thrills of getting rich quick. Certainly, the people during the Depression needed such an escape and as such, Monopoly became a huge bestseller.

Today, Monopoly is licensed in over 45 countries and produced in 26 languages. There are even regional, national, and international Monopoly tournaments where the most competitive get to bring out their game face. The last world championship was held in 2004 and won by Antonio Zafra Fernandez from Madrid. Participate in World Wide Wednesday, August 27, 2008, when you can help make history by joining the "largest simultaneous games of Monopoly."

Read More History

Monopoly: The Story Behind the World's Best-Selling Game
Monopoly: The Story Behind the World's Best-Selling Game

Two opening chapters cover the history of the game and of the city while the remainder of the book examines each set of properties in turn-from their statistical value to how well their role in the game corresponds with the character of the streets on which they are based.


The 50th Anniversary of Monopoly

In 1985, Monopoly turned 50. To celebrate, Parker Brothers released two editions, the 50th Anniversary Deluxe edition and the 1935 Commemorative edition.

The Deluxe edition came in a regular box but also included a plastic tray that could be used to organize the bank's money. A new train token was introduced, giving this set eleven tokens.

The 1935 Commemorative edition came in a collector's tin box. It is the first commemorative edition of Monopoly, and its design is a replica of the original 1935 board. Several of the original tokens are also reissued in this edition with an antique gold finish.

1935 Commemorative Edition Board

1935 Commemorative Edition Board
1935 Commemorative Edition Board

Features of the 1935 Commemorative Edition

I received the Commemorative edition as a gift in 1985. At the time, the nearly $40 price tag seemed so enormous for just a board game, but when I opened the box, the elegance of the set just blew me away. Unfortunately, my original set is no longer complete today. I have bought newer anniversary editions that came in tins but nothing has come close to the 1935 Commemorative edition.

Features I love of the 1935 Commemorative edition:

  • Beautifully designed, colorful tin box with a hinged lid
  • Oversized game rules booklet has a specially written story of Monopoly
  • Gold-tone, antique finish, metal tokens
  • Wooden green houses and red Grand Hotels with gold lettering
  • Sturdy 4-fold board that is thick and does not warp
  • Classic board, 1935 look
  • Secure storage tray for all the pieces of the game
I gotta say, the 70th anniversary tin set just doesn't feel right. Plastic houses, chunky metal pieces, trays that require you to remove the money from the slots before putting the game away, these just don't cut it for me. The older game editions are just more elegant.

Storage Tray inside the Collector's Tin

Storage Tray inside the Collector's Tin
Storage Tray inside the Collector's Tin

Buy the Monopoly 1935 Commemorative Edition

In a high quality tin, this is truly a gorgeous memento and must-have for any Monopoly enthusiast. It is still possible to get a mint condition Monopoly 1935 Commemorative Edition for a reasonable price today. Find one on eBay!

Wooden Houses and Grand Hotels

Wooden Houses and Grand Hotels
Wooden Houses and Grand Hotels

So, Monopoly fan...

What's your favorite edition of Monopoly?

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      tomthiessen lm 5 years ago

      I've always liked the Star Wars Monopoly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Quikopoly is my favorite. This is a theme game based on the convenience store chain QuikTrip in celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2008. Unique pieces and in a tin -- perfect.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We purchased this edition of Monopoly for our son in 1985 and we still enjoy it. My grandson and I recently purchased the Electronic Banking Edition and love it. Of course, I had to make a lens about it so am lensrolling this one to it. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just have to add these fun fact : these are thanks to a teacher on another site.

      Monopoly fun facts!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Playing monopoly in my house was an event that lasted for like 12 hours at a time!

      Some games went overnight! We loved playing the game.

      I have Starwars episode I edition, the original edition is somewhere laying around.

      If anyone landed on free parking, they win all the tax collection - one card in the chance deck always made another broke, pay repairs on all houses and hotels in the street.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I had a basic Monopoly game when I was a kid, and, boy, did it get a lot of use. (Wonder what ever happened to it?) But that 1935 edition looks really nice. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves the game. I've never actually seen any but the regular, toy store version of it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The racecar shaped tin. The 60th anniversary edition is a close second.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 8 years ago

      We love to play Monopoly and are getting the Wii edition for Christmas this year.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm producing and directing a documentary about Monopoly titled "Under the Boardwalk". Check it out at

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      Janet2221 9 years ago

      Great lens! The Polaroid images are terrific. Lensrolled to my Monopoly Game lens. :)

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      One of my favorite games. You have done an amazing lens, *****!

      I think I will steal it!