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Presentation:
version 2000

Presentatie:
versie 2000

 

 

Number of versions: 24

Edition: February 26, 2010
Updated: March 13, 2013

With thanks to Doug Kightley-UK, Jimmy Reus-NL, Theo Schermers-NL and Harold Lee-UK for their co-operation.

Two UK schoolboys playing UK Monopoly in abt. 1952.


The streets on the game boards of the sets manufactured by or on behalf of Waddington (and later of Hasbro) are of  London, viz. from GO on:

Old Kent Road - Whitechapel Road - King Cross Station - The Angel Islington - Euston Road - Pentonville Road - In Jail - Pall Mall - Electric Company - Whitehall - Northumberland Avenue - Marylebone Station - Bow Street - Marlborough Street - Vine Street - Free Parking - Strand - Fleet Street - Trafalgar Square - Fenchurch St. Station - Leicester Square - Coventry Street - Water Works - Piccadilly - Go to Jail  - Regent Street - Oxford Street - Bond Street - Liverpool St. Station - Park Lane and Mayfair.  

Note:
1. The first red street's name on the board is from the very start only Strand, but the matching property deeds showed The Strand till 1993 .

2.
On the early game boards the stations were of the London North Eastern Railways (L.N.E.R.), which later became British Railways.


 

 


Identification and location in time

Unfortunately, to locate old editions I (and many others) have to base myself on indications like the value of stamps used and the presentation of the set in a certain period.
With following data the age of your set can rather accurately be determined:

In the first decades the end of the Rules said "the makers will reply with pleasure to your questions about Monopoly". They ask to enclose a stamp. The value of this stamp increases as the set gets newer. The postal rates were for letters in those times:
1½ d. :  from January 1937 onwards
2½  d.:  from May 1940 onwards
3 d.    :  from October 1957 onwards
4 d.    :  from May 1965 onwards
other rates from September 1968 onwards

In the fities/sixties (the "transitionperiod") Parker Brother’s copyright is mentioned on the game board and the reported service is no longer offered. The editions are getting a reference number.

Shortly after Monopoly was introduced in the USA by Parker Brothers in 1935 it was Waddington who started to sell the London-version in Europe, mentioning “Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36”.  This patent application is still mentioned on the banknotes for many decades after the war.
It  presumably took until just before World War II (1940-1945) before the Patent Nº  453689 was granted. As far as the banknotes are concerned, they showed this patent number only in the War Time Packs.
During W.W. II the so called  War Time Packs in sober finish, were issued. Their features are:
No dice but a spinner instead.
No metal tokens  but flat cardboard figures on wooden foot.
The use of various kinds of paper for the Chance- and Community Chest cards.
Different colors of the banknotes, printed on white paper.
In the box is a small “apology note” or an overprint on the Rules sheet.
The railways were nationalised in 1948 and from then on were called British Railways. The featured stations were L.N.E.R. owned before this.
The late fifties and early sixties were what I will call the "transition period". On the one side “Waddington’s engines illustration” is still used, while on the other side Parker Brother’s copyright is mentioned from 1961 onwards. On the mini box of the English editions is only Trade Mark with or without the number 711981.  

(June 21, 2012: Harold Lee - UK gave a more detailed explanation on the Patent numbers: 
All standard early production had Patent applied for 3796-36 on both the box and board labels as well as the play side of the board. By around mid / late1939, 
the labels on the boxes and board were changed to Patent 453689 whilst the playside remained p.a.f. (patent app. for). The money also had 3797-36 for 
another two or three years.
The above patent application 3796-36 was made by US Parker Brothers ( whom Waddington was given a sub licence) on Feb 7th 1936 and the publication 
date (granted) was September 16th with number 453689, however this number 453689 was not used until about 1939.
By November 1952, when the patent 453689 expired, a new UK Trade Mark was applied by Waddington, filed under section 28 board games, and was granted 
in June 1954 with number 711981, this mark was used almost immediately by Waddington on all their monopoly productions, and the 453689 was removed 
and never appeared again. There was a brief period when only Trade Mark without any numbers or Patent was used, this happened just before 711981 was 
granted.
The 711981 is still valid, it has been renewed many times, current owners are Hasbro. The next renewal date is 7th November 2021.)

In the Netherlands there was only mentioned “Alle rechten voorbehouden - Gedeponeerd handelsmerk”.
In Germany the editions in this same period say  “Alle Rechte vorbehalten - Marke und Modell Geschützt”.
And in
France it is called “Tous droits réservés – Marque et modèle déposés”.  

As from 1961 Parker Brothers influence becomes increasingly  obvious. This year is mentioned on the board’s midfield and the “engines illustration” disappears. The long box with red-white-red lid replaces the “mini box”.


GB Mini box with sep.board, "pat.appl.for".Edition: "Standard set (7’6)" with Mini box, with separate board (1)      
              
Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1936
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game:
Outside America England was the first country who issued Monopoly in the thirties as well. Like in the country of origine the first English editions came out as a separate game board with a “mini box” for the attributes. (This edition was sold before W.W. II in the Netherlands as well.)

The small box has the red illustration with “2 black engines, 2 houses and the £-sign through the middle O, with the “precursor of Uncle Pennybags”  on top. Especially interesting with these early editions is what is written under the second  locomotive. That is Pat.app.for No. 3796-36 on the very first sets. That means that it concerns an application for a patent of 1936.           


The banknotes (54 x 102 mm) are recognizable as being Monopoly money with an ellipse in the middle with a large number being repeated twice in a small space. Underneath the number it says "pat.app.for no.3796-36". Further is an engine and a house in a little rectangular space. The various denominations are printed in black on colored paper.
The property deeds (63 x 80 mm) are rectangular. It is striking that the rent for an unimproved street is the same for all 3 yellow streets, namely £ 22.
Both small dice (11 mm) are white with black pips.
The Rules also show “Trade Mark - Pat.App.for No. 3796-36” only.

Features of this edition are:

The height of the box is 33 mm.

The stations are of  L.N.E.R.

 The  Chance-cards are entirely red, the Community Chest-cards are 
entirely yellow.

 For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 1½d. stamp”.

 In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned 
pat.app.for no.3796-36”.

The banknotes are in the denominations of :  1  - 510 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.

The 6 tokens are of metal and are resp.: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and thimble.

The houses and hotels are of dull wood.  

So this is the Standard Set at the price of  7’6 as mentioned in the red (1937:cream and 1940: pink sheet) pricelist shown herewith.

 

The 1936 Mini box with Money Holder.Edition: "Standard set (7’6)" with Mini box, with separate board (2)        
               Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1936
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game: 
This edition appears to be a wrong purchase on one of the "Spiel Messes"in Essen - D, reason why I believe it to be useful to warn for caution when something "special" is offered!

This set appeared to be composed for an important part and just those 2 components making this set so very interesting to purchase do not appear to belong to the accessories of the original "Mini box":

          1. The 6 special metal tokens most probably come from some Swiss edition, because they are those tokens so 
              characteristic for Swiss editions:
pig - monkey - bottle - moneybag - car and four-leaf-clover. (According to the “official” 
              story of Parker Brothers Charles B. Darrow  would have chosen these tokens because his wife wore a bracelet with these charms.)
 
              The real tokens belonging to this set ought to be:
hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and thimble.

Monopoly Note Holder from Waddington.   
   2.
The price of the Money Holder.The "Banker's tray" shown at the composed picture is most probably
        an American issue and has nothing to do with the
"Money 
        Holder" or "Monopoly Note Holder" mentioned in the red  
        pricelist of Waddington. 
 
       
This box (sizes: 300 x 75 x 47 mm) contains an extra set of 
        banknotes, 4 gold cards (sizes: 275x62 mm) and 24 small 
        cards (sizes: 67x19 mm).
The small cards are attached to the 
        long card by rubber bands with money in between.
        These are intended for the players to store their banknotes on. 
        These boxes were only issued before WW II.
In his message of March 12, 2013, Harold Lee wrote: "
I suspected, these money note holders were issued up to say 1942, from stock that were produced back in 1937 and had remained in Waddingtons stockroom due to poor sales. The original price for these holders, as printed on a box label was 2/6 which includes tax. I believe that by around 1942, the retail price including tax had gone up to 3/6. I actually have an example with this price written over the old price, presumably by the shop owner or by Waddington."

The other components of this edition are exactly identical to those of the earlier described box (1).

 

 

Standard Set in long box.Edition: "Standard set (10'6)" with board inside long box
                
Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1936
Dimensions of the box: 26.6 x 50.8 x 4.5 cm
The game:

The somewhat high box has a black lid with the red illustration with “2 black engines, 2 houses and the £-sign through the middle O, with the “precursor of Uncle Pennybags” on top. This set also says “Pat. App. For No. 3796-36” meaning that the patent was not yet granted.

The innerbox contains 2 inserts with an
orange tray  in between. In this are some smaller holders to store the attributes. The larger black insert has a sticker with the useful text "This platform may be used as a lid for the centre section containing money, tokens, etc.". The bottom of this  innerbox is untreated.
The
striking heavy game board weighs 685 g, that of the European editions with ref.# 14535 of about 1996/97 only 352 g, so about half.
The
banknotes are in the 7 denominations of resp.:  £ 1  - 5 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
The
entirely red Chance- and yellow Community Chest-cards have the strange dimensions of 47 x 90 mm. They have no rounded corners  nor are they numbered.
With the properties the rent of the last (unimproved) street is always somewhat higher than the others, except for the yellow streets. There the rent on Piccadilly is the same as on the other streets,
£ 22.-.  (From about 1961 this is changed into £24.-.)
The 6 metal
tokens are the well-known thimble - car - shoe - boat - iron and hat.
The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.  
The
dice present in this set are both of transparant red bakelite  (a plastic from before W.W. II) with white pips.  

The price of this set amounted to € 78.- in Januari 2000.

 

Variant (2) of the Super Gold Set.Edition: "Super Gold Set (21'-)" - long box    
             
Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1936
Dimensions of the box: 26.5 x 51.2 x 4.0 cm
The game:
This gold colored box is obviously the "Super Gold Set" mentioned in the above pricelist.
The cardboard used for these boxes is covered with a structured gold colored paper. The
lid does not show the red “engines illustration” now but a very modest picture of this illustration as a blue logo in the upper left corner.
This logo comes back on the gold colored backside of the gameboard.

The most striking match is the weight of the board. The heavy gameboard of this variant weighs 696 g, so almost as heavy as the one of the preceding black box and about half lighter than the modern boards of 352 g.
A second similarity between this edition and the “Standard Set (10'6)” is the fact that the
innerbox has again 2 inserts, although narrower. That’s why there is more room for the solid “Bankers Tray” (28.6 x 25.5 cm) with 10 spaces, for more than banknotes only. The trays for the cards and banknotes have a red ribbon.

The 7 very nice, metal tokens are resp. trophy with purple glass - tram car - rocking-horse - old-fashioned car - oil lamp with green glass - bath tub and candle stick. (One of the two sets I had at my disposal had a silver colored elephant  instead of the rocking-horse.)  
The second, complete set also contained the red pricelist.
The banknotes are the well known Monopoly notes, printed on colored paper and provided with the mention "patt. app. for n° 3796-36". The houses and hotels (with gold imprint Grand Hotel) are of smooth solid bakelite and don’t have overhanging roofs and/or chimneys. (Some later versions are less refined, smaller, lighter, non uniformed in size, sharper corners and edged, rough sides, frequently dark colors, the houses tend to have an olive shade and hotels maroon and without the Grand Hotel imprint.)
Both dice are of red bakelite with white pips.  
The tokens and bakelite houses, hotels and dice for these editions were imported from Parker Brothers - USA.
In later years “gold boxes” have also been issued in other countries. They sometimes surprisingly correspond to this English edition, like the German editions of  about 1960 (see there).  


This set was offered on ebay in June 2000 for US$ 1,225.-.

 

De Luxe Presentation Set 1936-long box.Edition: "De Luxe Presentation (42'-)" - long box               
              
Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. 1936                
Dimensions of the box:
26.7 x 50.8 x 4.0 cm          
The game:
The most striking of this the most "De Luxe" set of this series of 4 different editions issued at the start in 1936 in Great Britain is its alligator skin pattern. It doesn't only covers the lid and bottom part of the box, but also the game board's back and the hard jacket of the Rules.

Except for the deed cards and Chance and Community Chest cards, which all have gold edges, the other parts like the  special tokens, bakelite houses, hotels and dice are those of the Super Gold Set. Even the game board
weighs extremely heavy again.

I cannot think up why the original price of this nice edition had to be twice the price of the Super Gold Set, except for the special alligator skin paper and perhaps a small production run of this issue? 

This set was sold on ebay in August 2005 for US$ 2,025.-.

 

De Luxe Presentation Set 1936-square box.Edition: "De Luxe Presentation (42'-)" -  square box
              
Trade Mark - Pat.app. for Nº 3796-36
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. 1938                
Dimensions of the box:
27.2 x 27.2 x 9.5 cm    
The game:
This square shaped brother of the above mentioned long box is from the collection of
David Miller-UK.
The whole exterior of the box as well as large parts of the inner trays and the back of the game board is covered by this very special
alligator skin (also called snake skin) paper.
The height of the box is caused by
2 trays (one with 8 holes and one with 9) and the quarter fold board on top of them. The very heavy game board (840 g) has Monopoly printed in gold, like on top the box,  on one of the quarters. Also remarkable is the very broad rim of snake skin paper along the board.

Like in the long box with snake skin here again
the deed cards and Chance and Community Chest cards have gold edges.

I like to re-enumurate the lovely tokens, pips and buildings: 
7 very nice, metal tokens resp. trophy with purple glass - tram car - elephant - old-fashioned car - oil lamp with green glass - bath tub and candle stick.
The houses and hotels (with gold print Grand Hotel) are of smooth solid bakelite and don’t have overhanging roofs and/or chimneys.
Both dice are of red bakelite with white pips.  
The Rules are not in a hard jacket. For an answer on questions to the works a stamp of 1½d. is asked to inclose. This confirms the set 
to be from before WW II.

 

 

 

Edition: Mini box -  with separate board (1)    
First edition to mention the pat.nr.               Trade Mark - Patent No. 453689
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. ±1938
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game: 
Most likely the patent was soon granted because still before the war the sets appeared  with the patent no. 453689.
Despite the patent was granted the banknotes still show the mention "pat.app.for no.3796-36". 

 
Features of this edition are:

The height of the box is 33 mm. 

The stations are of  L.N.E.R

The  Chance-cards are entirely red, the Community Chest-cards are entirely yellow.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 1½d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned “pat.app.for no.3796-36”.

The banknotes are in the denominations of :  1  - 5 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.

The 6 tokens are of metal and are resp.: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and thimble.

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.

 

                                                       
So every now and then articles appear on the mystic wrapped up silk Monopoly editions Waddington made in the  Second World War (1940 - 1945) to help Allied military to escape from German camps. The one below was ever published in a South African newspaper.
Every Monopoholic should of course find this phenomenon here, in the Monopoly Lexicon. That is why!

For a more detailed description I refer to Phil Orbanes' book "Monopoly - The world's most famous game", chapter 8, "Watson's war", pages 88 till 92.

                                                                "Monopoly helped POWs escape

Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape. Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of safe houses where a POW on-the-run could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.

Someone in MI-5 (similar to America 's OSS) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was the board game producer, John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into CARE packages, dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.

Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where Allied POW camps were regional system). When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.

As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's also managed to add:
1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass
2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together
3. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set -- by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWs who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war. The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony."

Reaction of Harold Lee, UK Monopoly researcher:

Whilst I do not entirely agree about this addition, the story remains fascinating. That there were discussions with Waddington does appear likely as is supported by some documents, however no such monopoly sets has ever surfaced even after such a long period.  Whilst silk maps, compasses and other aiding gadgets were produced I believe they were never actually employed in monopoly sets as that would have severely undermined vital Red Cross food parcels.  The locations of safe houses would also render them unsafe if just one such set were ever discovered by the prison guards.  It seems rather remarkable that none of the 35000 sets that have been distributed to POW escapees have survived or been found and that whilst orders were given for all remaining stocks to be destroyed, no samples have been kept by the secret service or Waddingtons for record purposes.

The total number of British POW escapees over the entire war may be considerably less than this 35000 figure. " 

                                                  

 

Early war time editon.Edition: Mini box -  with separate board (1a)    
               Trade Mark - Patent No. 453689
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. ±1941
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game: 
This edition is from the collection of Harold Lee - UK.
Whilst most sets have normal colored bars, this edition can best be referred to as "the error set", because the very striking point is the absence of the green bar on the title deeds of the properties Regent-, Oxford- and Bondstreet. (See also chapter "Print errors and production mistakes").

Features of this edition are:

The height of the box is still 33 mm.

The image on the lid shows the patent number, as well as the Rules sheet.

The banknotes have still the "pat.app.for no.3796-36". 

The deed cards have at least one side serrated with 48 round perforation holes.

The  Chance-cards are entirely dull pink ,   the Community Chest-cards are entirely yellow.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 1½d. stamp”.

The banknotes are in the denominations of :  1  - 5 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.

The internal cardboard dividers and support platform are white.

The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a foot of black timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.  

Two small wood dice, but no spinner.

 

Edition: “Mini box -  with separate board (2)                               
               Patent No. 453689 - War Time Pack

Publisher:
John Waddington Ltd. - 1943/46
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm                            
                 
of the board: 48.5 x 48.5 cm  
The game: 
The sets manufactured during the war were of simpler finish as the little pink paper (this paper also exist in white) excusingly explains:

War Time Pack.

WAR TIME PACK

We regret that it has been necessary to make alterations to the component parts used in "Monopoly". The "trinkets" have been replaced by wood pieces.
A Spinner is substituted for the dice and other alterations made.
We have, however, turned out the best possible game under restrictive conditions, and we hope that you will obtain from the game the amusement and pleasure you did from your peace time "Monopoly".

John Waddington Ltd.

Besides the banknotes were made of color printed poor quality white paper the tokens were composed of a cardboard figure and a base of black timber.
The Chance and Community Chest cards were made of different colored paper and in addition of various paper qualities. This was probably caused by the difficulty to obtain the desired material during the war.
Instead of two dice this set therefore contains a red spinner,  whereupon the maker excuses with "Owing to the difficulty of obtaining dice it has been necessary to include this substitute".

Complete War Time Pack with spinner.Features of this edition are: 

The height of the box is 26 mm. 

The stations are of  L.N.E.R.

The  Chance-cards are entirely green, the Community Chest-cards are white on the printed side and yellow or blue at the back.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 2½d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned patent no. 453689.

The banknotes have different colors and are in the denominations of :  1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.

The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a foot of black timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.

A similar set was sold for US$ 104.50 on ebay in December 1999. 

 

 

War Time edition issued in 1946.Edition: “Mini box -  with separate board (5)                  
               Patent No. 453689
- War Time Pack                                                    
Publisher:
John Waddington Ltd. - 1943/46

Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm
The game:
Overprint on all three different colored Rules sheets. This is another interesting War Time variant

   This edition does not have the excusing "pink paper" but instead the
   Rules have an overprint reading:
   "NOTE Owing to wartime restrictions we have found it necessary 
    to use a different type of token.
" 

With the last sentence on the orange (sometimes avocado colored) Rules paper the Proof of the year of issue. year of issue is confirmed at least to my opinion, because very often a "year-like" number at the end of a Rules paper has that meaning indeed.
  
However, Harold Lee - UK, researcher and  printing specialist, has another opinion. From comparison of size of the Chance cards and the serrations of the deed cards in the period from august 1937 till 1948, his conclusion is the number "1946 J" may have  no reference to the year date and his best guess is this set is produced in the period between1942 and 1946, closer to 1943.

Features of this edition are: 

This set has a War Time spinner as well as 2 white dice with black pips (sometimes the dice are wooden).

The stations are of  L.N.E.R.

The  Chance cards are pale dull pink, the Community Chest cards are lemon yellow, both 90 mm long.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 2½d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned pat. app. for 3796-36  (there are however also sets showing the patent number).

The banknotes are black printed on colored paper as from the start. They are in the denominations of :  1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.

The tokens are 6 strange, wood pawns of about 4 cm length. 

The houses and hotels are of dull wood. The color of the hotels vary from red  to light brown.

There is a light green square of paper "Rules for playing the short game" (sometimes in orange or white).

The board has Patent No. 453689 on the outside label and Patent applied for No 3796/36 on the playside.

"64 Milestones" tokens also for Monopoly.

Febr. 2009 Harold Lee reported another intereresting finding about this Monopoly edition:
These "strange, wood tokens" are also used in a Waddington game called 64 Milestones that was produced in 1939 (patent applied for May 16th 1938), it is about couples getting milestone in life such as graduating in University or getting married.
There are 5 slim tokens for him and 5 broader figures for the opposite sex. Also an odd one (the white one) for an uneven player. I suspect due to lack of regular supply of the standard cardboard tokens, Waddington decided to use these to supplement their standard issue tokens in there early War Time editions.

 

 

 

Cards in different colors.Edition: “Mini box- with separate board  (3)  
               Patent No. 453689 - War Time Pack  
Publisher: 
John Waddington Ltd. - ±194
5
Dimensions of the box:
16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
               
of the board: 48.5 x 48.5 cm
The game:
Doug Kightley
pointed me to this interesting version: On the one hand it still contains the tokens with black feet and other typical War Time Pack marks, but on the other hand there are dice with this set instead of the spinner. There is with this set a leaflet introducing other Parker Brother games as well.
This all makes suppose this to be an issue of just after the war.  

Parker Brothers advert leaflet in UK game boxes.Doug comments on this set:

”My parents purchased the set as new in Gibraltar, when my father was posted there whilst in the army … in 1948. They used the game to entertain other members of his regiment (the Royal Engineers) and their wives.”

At the end of the Rules is, except for the request to enclose a 2½d. stamp in case of questions, also a codenummer 4390H. (According to Harold Lee - UK, this indicates these Rules were printed in ±1943.)

Features of this edition are:

The height of the box is 26 mm.

The stations are of L.N.E.R. 

The  Chance-cards are entirely  green and have a grainy structure, the Community Chest cards are white on the printed side and cream at 
the back.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 2½d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned patent no. 453689.

The banknotes are color printed on white paper. They are in the denominations of :  1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.

The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a foot of  black timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.

 Both dice are 15 mm, made of a creamy heavy plastic and have rings as pips.

 

Variant (6) from ±1948.Edition: “Mini box -  with separate board (4)                  
               Patent No. 453689
                                                   

Publisher:
John Waddington Ltd. - ± 194
6
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
The game:
Another Mini Box, manufactured shortly after W.W.II.

Features of this edition are:

The stations are of  L.N.E.R.

The Chance cards are red through, the Community Chest cards blue green through.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned patent no. 453689.

The banknotes are color printed on white paper. Their denominations are :  1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.

The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a foot of black timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.

The houses and hotels are of dull wood.  

Both dice are white with black pips.

     

Colored wooden feet "after the war".Edition: “Mini box -  with separate board (6)      
               Patent No. 453689
                                                    

Publisher:
John Waddington Ltd. - ± 1948

Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
                of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game:
After the war the tokens on wooden feet  were still used  for some time, however they  became a bit more attractive by using colored timber feet.

Features of this edition are:

The stations are of British Railways.

The  Chance cards are orange through, the Community Chest cards are blue through.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please enclose 2½d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned patent no. 453689.

The banknotes are in the denominations of :  1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 -100 and 500.

The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a base of colored timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.

 

A Post War "Mini box" edition.Edition: “Mini box - black - with separate board 
               T
rade Mark
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±195
6
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game:
The only differences between this black box and the earlier described red box are:

  1. Neither on the lid nor on the gameboard number 711981 is shown. 

  2. Of both dice one is blue with white pips the other red.

 


 

Typical tokens of the TRADE MARK editions.Edition: “Mini box- red - with separate board 
       
        Trade Mark - 711981
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1957                   
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 2.6 cm
                  of the board: 49 x 49 cm
The game:
In this edition the Trade Mark number
711981 appears on both the red/white “locomotives illustration” at the back of  the board as in the centre of the playside, under the £-sign.

Features of this edition are:

The stations are of British Railways.  

The rent of the unimproved Piccadilly is the same as of both other streets,  only £ 22.-.  

 The  Chance cards are yellow through, the Community Chest cards are pink through.

For an answer on questions to the works “Please  enclose 3d. stamp”.

In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number no mention at all.

The banknotes have their old colors and denominations of :  1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.

The tokens are flat metal figures on a foot. The figures are: buldozer - tank - car - motor with rider  - electric engine and galleon (gold, solid sails).

The houses and hotels are of  dull wood.

 The set described had one red and one white die of 12 mm.

 

Box, board and Rules wallet of 1957 edition.Edition: White long box -  DeLuxe, without ref.nr.
               Trade Mark 711981
Publisher:John Waddington Ltd. - ±1957
Dimensions of the box: 51.5 x 27 x 6 cm
The game:
This set is from the collection of David Miller - Morecambe - UK.  
This set may well be one of the first long boxes in the UK after WW II. The addition "DeLuxe" indicates, as usual, a long box 
version opposed to the Mini boxes.

Cards with gold edges, DeLuxe box, 1957. With the overall picture: 
The innerbox of the set is not shown, only its gold paper covered Banker's tray with all attributes. This tray is centered in the long innterbox by 2 cardboard filling pieces. The game board is folded and shows its white back. It is placed in front of the white lid of the box.
The total weight of this very heavy box with its content is 2.685 kg, of which the board's weight is 510 g (almost as heavy as the boards of the Standard- and Super Gold Set of 1936.)

< Detail picture to show that also the cards of this edition have do have gold edges. Besides: 
The white token is an airship.
In Febr. 2009 Harold Lee - UK had discovered this white airship comes from a Waddington game called Astron
                                                                       produced in 1955.
It may well have been placed in the Monopoly box by error or just to make up a larger tokens 
                                                                       variety as Waddington seems fit.

Features of this edition are:

Monopoly is in open characters on top the "locomotives illustration" in the board game's centre.

The boxboard and wallet containing the Rules are all covered in similar "leather look" paper. They each have the gold Monopoly sticker with "locomotives illustration”.

The Rules sheet contains both the main and Short Rules on glossy superwhite paper, the Short Rules too having full Monopoly logo. 

The  Chance cards are yellow through, the Community Chest cards are pink through, both having rounded corners.

The banknotes are printed in black on colored paper, in the denominations of: 1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.

These white box editions used to have 7 tokens. They are flat metal figures on a foot. The figures are: airship (white) - buldozer - tankcar - motorbike with rider  - electric engine and galleon (gold, with open sails). Note: Other editions have the galleon with solid sails)

The houses and hotels are of white plastic with resp. a green and  red overhanging roof and "Made in France" on the bottom.

The dice in this set are resp. blue and red with white pips.

Can you also mention all the deed cards and Chance and Comm cards have gold edges.

 

First long box red-white-red lid, ±1957Edition: Long Red-White-Red standard box - 1st edition
              Trade Mark 711 981
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1957
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 50.2 cm
The game:
It was Harold Lee - UK who pointed me to this very special edition today, Jan. 24th, 2012!
It is so special becaue this first edition of the long box with this red-white-red cover still is with the "engine illustration", a typical Waddington feature. That proofs the set to be from before 1961, the year of the new Parker Brothers copyright!

Other features of this edition:

Blue green cardboard insert folded such a way that it contains 7 holes for the accessories.

The 7 tokens are the same as in the other editions of this era, viz.: They are flat metal figures on a foot. The figures are: 
airship
(white)(missing) -
buldozer - tankcar - motorbike with rider  - electric engine and galleon (gold, with open sails). 
Note: Other editions have the galleon with solid sails.

Wooden houses and hotels.

 

GB standard 1961?Edition: Standard, without Ref.Nr.
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1961/1966
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 50.2 cm
The game:
In the first instance this set resembles very much the one with Ref.#402 of the same era. Therefore no reason to show a picture of the cover. More interesting is what the bottom shows (see picture). It tells in large characters, what the game is about.

The height of the lid is with this set again the same as that of the inner box.
In the middle of the game board Monopoly is written in open characters and the metal tokens are the same. However, the back of the board is black. The white plastic insert of the inner box has 7 square trays for the composing parts. It also has the inscription "One of the Waddington's wonderfull games".
The banknotes do not mention any number
The Chance and Community Chest cards are resp. light yellow and pink through. The plastic houses and hotels do have a roof edge but no chimney.

The set was "manufactured in Great Britain".

 


Standard box of the early days of the long boxes.Edition: Standard, without Ref.Nr.
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1962
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 50.2 cm
The game:
It was Daniel van Zoelen - NL who pointed me to this "long box" from the early period, that is almost identical to the one mentioned before this.

Innerbox with paper trays and 3 blue green inserts.Probably these socalled "red boxes" with 2 blue green, cardboard inserts as well 
as the 6 paper trays for the attributes, are forerunners of the before this mentioned edition with plastic insert, and thus they have to be estimated around 1965.

Because the below mentioned DeLuxe Edition, having 6 little, yellow colored trays is estimated to be issued in abt.1962, this edition has to also be from that same year.

 

 


Waddingtons Deluxe edition ±1962.Edition: Waddington DeLuxe Edition - bronze color with
               silvery scales
 - Regd Trade Mark
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1962
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 50.8 cm
The game:
This set is from the collection of David Miller - Morecambe - UK.     
This early long box edition with its unusual appearance clearly has the features of the "transition period", such as: 

The green Waddingtons engine pointing backwards.

Double names on the property spaces, typical Waddingtons.

Only a very small black square on the Super Tax space, typical Waddington.

No "engine illustration" in the centre of the board.

The Parker Bros. copyright 1961 is mentioned underneath the word Monopoly in  open characters.

The demand “Please  enclose 3d. stamp” to get an answer on questions, at the end of the Rules, is another indication this issue to be of the early sixties.                                            

The very special jewelled tokens.The bronze and silvery lid shows a very special Waddington's sticker, showing on top the logo of "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines and the £-sign" while the black field shows a game board.

On closer consideration this festive looking silvery, sparkling box with its 6 gold colored and jewelled unique tokens (globe, typewriter, dial telephone, basket with flowers, horse-head and the (Parker Brothers') shoe) must have been issued on some very special occasion, perhaps the celabration of Waddington's 25th year of relationschip with Parker Brothers? 

The innerbox contains 6 trays, one filling up piece with 6 holes for the tokens and a Banker's tray
The Chance cards are light beige; the Community Chest cards light pink through.
The banknotes are printed black on colored paper. 
The plastic houses and hotels are hollow and have overhanging roofs.
There is 1 die in blue and 1 in red, both with white pips.


GB Monopoly Deluxe 1972?Edition: Monopoly Deluxe, without Ref.Nr.
Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - 1972
Dimensions of the box: 27.0 x 51.5 cm
The game:
On the mahagony colored lid is the game board printed in gold in the field of 2 squares, as we know it from the European sets made in France since 1961. Also gold printed is a logo of "2 engines with Uncle Pennybags" with under it the £-sign. Further the cover already gives away that the box contains a carousel to store the property cards of the banker conveniently.
The inner box contains 2 trays of black plastic: 1 for the banknotes and 1 for the carousel, the 6 (gold) tokens, the houses and hotels, the cards and the dice.
At the bottom of the inner box are plain pictures of the carousel, tokens and tray for the bank notes.
The yellow Chance- and pink Community Chest cards are, as usual, not illustrated.
The plastic houses are green and the hotels are red. Both have all-sided overhanging roofs and a chimney.
The banknotes are of thin paper the back of it being printed with the former mentioned logo with Uncle Pennybags.

The game was "made in Great Britain".

 

Brown leatherette case of 1975.Edition: Monopoly Deluxe - brown leatherette case
              "Registered Trade Mark"
Publisher: Parker Brothers - 1975
Dimensions of the box: 29.8 x 54.6 x 4.4 cm
The game:
This set is owned by Caroline and Ruud Jonker
Oud-Karspel - NL.
Considering the real luxury finish of this Deluxe set I assume this issue is in honnor of the 40th anniversary. The last copyright year mentioned in the centre of the game board is however still 1961. The board's back is of brown leather.

Inside the case are 2 inserts again, but this time of light brown plastic: 1 for the banknotes and 1 for the carousel, the 6 "gold" tokens, the houses and hotels, the cards and the dice. The holes for the houses and hotels are covered by a transparent lid. Like in the editions of other countries of this era the wooden houses and hotels are composed of a white base and a resp. green and red roof.
The rent of the unbuilt Piccadilly is still the same as of both other streets, only £22.-. The mortgage side of the property deeds is red
The yellow Chance- and pink Community Chest cards are, as usual, not ïllustrated. All cards have, the property deeds as well, show a gold rim and are plasticized. There are 2 spare cards. 
The banknotes are printed in black on thin, colored paper, the back side of which is printed with the "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines and £-sign" logo. The denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500
Both dice are white with black pips.

The set was "made in Great Britain".


 

GB standard ref.402Edition: Standard, Ref. # 402
Publisher: House of games Waddingtons  - ±1984
Dimensions of the box: 25.7 x 50.3 cm
The game:
Harold Lee -UK has found that this long box is a publication from 1984, despite the Rules show the year1972, meaning that in 1972 a very large stock of Rules have been printed, or perhaps these old Rules ended up in this game a different way.
The soft lid of the box is in for Waddingtons so characteristic colors red - white - red with the logo of "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines and the £-sign" in the upper red bar. In the white section of the lid's rim is Monopoly in black characters.

The board still has clear features of the "transition period", such as: 

The green Waddingtons engine pointing backwards

Double names on the property spaces, typical Waddingtons

Only a very small black square on the Super Tax space, typical Waddingtons

No "engine illustration" in the centre of the board

The Parker Bros. copyright 1961 is mentioned underneath the word Monopoly in open characters

This cover is 5 mm higher than the inner box. Why? The back of the board is red
In the white soft insert are 7 holes for the attributes. The yellow Chance- and pink Community Chest cards are not illustrated. It is striking this set having 2 blank spare cards for the property deeds as well as for the Chance and Community Chest cards.
The rent of the unimproved Piccadilly is the same as of both other streets,  only £ 22.-.  
The banknotes are printed in black on thin paper the back of it being printed with the logo of "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines and the £-sign". The denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500
The 6 metal tokens are resp.: boat - shoe - car - hat - dog and iron.
The plastic houses are green and the hotels are red. Both have all-sided overhanging roofs and a chimney.
Both dice are black with gold pips.

The game was "Made in England".


Standard GB edition ref.44021Edition: Standard, Ref. # 44021 (1)
Publisher: Waddingtons Games Ltd. - ±1986
Dimensions of the box: 26.1 x 50.3 cm
The game:
On the red - white - red cover (the new!) Uncle Pennybags turn up from the O of Monopoly, while the old logo with "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines with £-sign" is only on the rims. 
Again there is a height difference between the lid and the inner box of even 8 mm. This might be to protect the inner box? Inside this innerbox is a red insert with 8 trays.
The yellow Chance- and pink Community Chest cards are not illustrated. It is striking this set having  2 blank spare cards for the property deeds as well as for the Chance and Community Chest cards.
The rent of the unimproved Piccadilly is the same as of both other streets,  only  £ 22.-.  
The banknotes are printed in black on thin paper the back of it being printed with the logo of "Uncle Pennybags between 2 engines and the £-sign". The denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500The 6 metal tokens are resp.: boat - shoe - car - hat - dog and iron. 
The plastic houses are green and the hotels are red. Both have all-sided overhanging roofs and a chimney.
Both dice are red with white pips.

Some differences compared to the edition with Ref. # 402 of the same period are:

The red characters of the word Monopoly on the lid have a  blue border.

In the white section of the lid's rim is Monopoly in red characters.

The plastic insert with 7 holes for the attributes is red.

The property deeds are rectangular, so no rounded corners. 

The back of the Chance and Community Chest cards show in addition "Monopoly-Registered Trade Mark" and "©All Copyrights Reserved". 

These cards are accompanied by a tiny cut out piece of paper "Packing Slip No." with 3 handwritten numbers added.

The rim of the lid shows a.o. "All Copyrights reserved. Made and printed in Great Britain".

 


 

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