Earliest Known Darrow Monopoly Game Set Acquired by National Museum of Play


ROCHESTER,NY.- One of the most significant and rare artifacts in toy history—the oldest known version of Monopoly, handmade by Charles Darrow around 1933—has been acquired by the National Museum of Play at the Strong in Rochester, New York. This Monopoly set, created with pen-and-ink and gouache on a circular piece of oilcloth, was handmade by Darrow in Philadelphia and rumored to be the size and shape of Darrow’s dining room table. The handmade set contains more than 200 pieces, including a rules sheet, playing cards, and playing pieces such as draw-cards, hotels and houses, banknotes, and tokens. This Darrow Monopoly game was acquired from the Forbes Toy Collection auction at Sotheby’s in New York City on December 17. Strong President and CEO G. Rollie Adams said of the game, “We are extremely excited and pleased to add this highly importan