Celebrating the 83rd anniversary of the Darrow Round Board Monopoly set, first one made by Charles Darrow, we are now offering reproduction game sets made by The Folkopoly Press.
Charles Darrow’s first home-made game board was round, simply because his kitchen table was round. From that point forward, however, his boards were square.
As actual early Monopoly items become older and older, more scarce and valuable, they take on the status of “holy relics” that you probably should treat with kid gloves. Naturally, some of the experience of using them to actually play Monopoly is thereby lost.
Also lost, over the years, is what I call the “shock of the new.” Long gone is the experience of opening up one of these classic game sets and using it for the first time.
That’s part of what I hope to bring back with these reproduction sets. I want anyone who gets one of these to have the same sort of elation that buyers had in 1933, when this was all a brand new thing.
Since the original Darrow sets only came with $9000 in play money, barely enough for a game with six players, this reproduction set comes with a bit more to make actually playing Monopoly with it a bit more practical.
Both the board and game box are completely made by hand. If anything, they are higher quality than the originals.
This set comes with:
1 Darrow Round Game Board (33.5″ x 33.5″)
1 Wood utensils box
1 Darrow 1933 rules sheet (the rules as taught to Darrow by Charles Todd)
2 small dice
6 colored wood tokens (similar to some Darrow used in some of his sets)
28 Darrow Round Board style property cards
16 Chance cards and 20 Community Chest cards (with authentic wording taken from original early 1930s sets)
10 Hotels and 42 Houses (the number Darrow used in some of his oilcloth sets, made from baseboard molding)
1 Certificate of Authenticity
1930s Dime Store Style Scrip money as follows:
$1 x 48
$5 x 42
$10 x 36
$20 x 30
$50 x 24
$100 x 18
$500 x 6
$1000 x 6
A total of $13,218 (210 bills in all) which is plenty enough to play Monopoly, even with six players.
Now you can experience the “shock of the new” again, just as Monopoly players did in 1933. We are not going to be making very many of these sets, since they are made by hand, and a lot of work is involved.
Complete Darrow Round Board 1933 Style Reproduction Monopoly Game Set
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