It’s taken me a little while to work out what’s going on with this vintage Monopoly set, and I’m still not certain that I’ve got my story completely right, but here goes! During the years 1936 to 1959 Monopoly was packaged as separates: the cards, notes and playing pieces were packaged in a small red and white box, and the folding board was stored by itself, often resulting in the loss of the board, which I think is what’s happened here. There’s a little piece of paper with rules for a ‘short game’ (we all remember how long Monopoly could go on for!), so at first I thought this little box was a variation of the normal game, but it’s not, it’s a full sized game, which is sadly missing its board. But it’s still a great collectors piece, and bar the missing board, seems to be complete and in excellent condition, which is impressive given the fact that the pieces are made from cardboard. The playing pieces also had me flummoxed, until I read that they stopped using metal pieces during (and for a little while after) WWII because of the shortage of materials – ahh, makes sense now doesn’t it? So that’s the story of this little box. A full sized game of Monopoly dating to between 1939 and 1950, that’s pretty much perfect with the exception of one vital piece! Poo. Hopefully there’s someone out there will an old board, but none of the pieces, who feels like reliving their childhood!
Dimensions: Box measures 19.5cm long x 16.5cm wide x 3cm deep
NB: We’re overseas until the 14th July, so unfortunately there will be a delay in posting/couriering items until we’re back.