Anti-Capitalist Ideology Animated First "Monopoly" Game

February 27, 2013

Photo by Alan Barnett

By Kristin Aguilera, Deputy Director, Museum of American Finance
Bloomberg - Echoes Blog

This month, hundreds of thousands of voters in 180 countries elected a new “Monopoly” token that will be added to the game later this year. The cat token won the race and will replace the iron, which was introduced in the 1930s.

More than 1 billion people have played “Monopoly” since its creation, by some estimates, with more than 275 million copies sold in 111 countries and 43 languages. But while the game’s success is indisputable, its origins are not.

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