Dating game set
As far as I know, less than a dozen of these game boxes exist today.(VIEW HERE) On Dec 31, 1935, Parker Brothers was issued a patent for Monopoly, patent 2,026,082.Canadian Monopoly games were introduced in 1936 and closely resembled the U. (Thanks, JP) The game boxes pictured below show different label designs and kind of a chronology of manufacture.I'm always adding new box varieties so check back once in a while for updates.Dating early Monopoly games is done by the patent numbers and cities listed on the labels.
1936 was a busy year for Parker Brothers and their Monopoly game.
Almost immediately, very early in 1936, this new patent was added to the Magie patent on all Monopoly games, replacing the single Magie patent.
These patents also appeared on the several new varieties introduced by Parker Brothers throughout 1936.
In 1935, Parker Brothers (PB) bought the rights to Monopoly from the 'inventor', Charles Darrow. PB immediately began selling Monopoly games using the Darrow game parts.
The first games Parker Brothers made were marked TRADE MARK. This included a small number of the No 9 long box, very rare today.