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THE PHILADELPHIA FOLK MONOPOLY GAME reflects the Philadelphia, PA area circa 1920-24. It recently surfaced out of a 4th generation Philadelphia family estate sale. Recently discovered evidence published in 1973 by one of the game's creators indicates that members of this family did not create the game. However, they did preserve this rare and unique game that was perceived as lost until recently. Research continues.
The developers of the Philadelphia Folk Monopoly game were two Quaker brothers attending Haverford College. They began developing the game in 1920 and by 1923-24 it was fully completed. The brothers were members of Haverford College's classes of '22 & '24 and the game was played frequently with their classmates. Sometime after graduation they lost possession of the game outside the group and knowledge of its whereabouts.
In 1973, in response to a newspaper article about the fictional Charles Darrow Monopoly creation story, one of the brothers responded with his personal story about creating a monopoly game with his brother beginning in 1920, outlining their game's history and attributes that clearly describe the Philadelphia Folk Monopoly Game. Additional research identified more attributes that correlate directly to the Philadelphia Folk MONOPOLY Game and the family. Research continues.
The Philadelphia Folk MONOPOLY Game board prominently exhibited the word "MONOPOLY" approximately 13 years prior to Charles Darrow's & 15 years prior to Parker Brother's introduction to folk monopoly games. The game board is tangible evidence that debunks the fictional Charles Darrow creation history of MONOPOLY. It is the only known folk monopoly game board to display the word "MONOPOLY".
The Philadelphia Folk MONOPOLY Game board provides a tour of Philadelphia locales, especially around Haverford College, during a time when playing folk monopoly was a popular pastime at eastern seaboard colleges including Wharton, Haverford & Swarthmore. It is a well engineered, hand-crafted, and finely finished wood game board.
The Philadelphia Folk MONOPOLY Game utensils box exhibits:
- Leather Dice Cup w/ Cellulose Dice
- Manual Typewritten Deeds on Card Stock
- Large & Small Size Paper Money - Haverford College card stock
- Hand carved Mahogany Wood Houses
- Hand carved Mahogany Men/ Movers/ Tokens