Monopoly: 1935 Commemorative Edition
Best Edition Ever
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
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 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
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
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
So, Monopoly fan...
What's your favorite edition of Monopoly?
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