A man in Delaware has an old board game that bears a remarkable similarity to Monopoly, but was made 20 years before Parker Brothers patented their creation.
Could he own the earliest version of the world's best-selling board game? To solve this mystery, History Detectives investigates Monopoly's history and discovers a surprising story.
Rather than originating in the Great Depression of the 1930s, Monopoly could be a much older game, reflecting an economic argument that - if followed - would have created a radically different economy from today's.
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- Related Investigation Car Tape Deck Is this an example of the first ever commercially produced car tape player?
- Related Investigation Broadway Ballet Shoes Did this dancer's great-great-grandfather teach Salvatore Capezio to make ballet shoes?
- Also with Elyse Luray Independence Trumpet Is a Pennsylvania man's trumpet somehow tied to the Revolutionary War?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Alcoholics Anonymous Letter Is this letter proof of one man's contribution to this secretive society?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Pretty Boy Floyd's Gun Did this vintage Colt handgun belong to the outlaw Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd?
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