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.
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Amelia Earhart Plane Was this piece of metal ripped from one of the most famous missing planes in history?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 WWII Patch What is the story behind these patches?
- Also in this episode Lewis & Clark's Cane Was this family heirloom a gift from the famous explorers Lewis and Clark?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Szyk Picture Could these be early drawings of America's most influential political cartoonist?
- Also with Elyse Luray Chinese Opium Scale Could this really be an opium scale from the Chinese community of Montana?
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