Dating monopoly set

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The origins of the Monopoly board game go back to the early 1900s and a game called Landlord's Game, invented by an American Quaker, Lizzie Magie.

The original idea of the game was to teach children about the evils of property speculation.

It was modelled on Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind and coloured gold just in case you had not worked that out. Not only was it on the halfpenny coin, but after the Queen's Coronation in 1953, there was a feeling that Britain had entered a new Elizabethan age.

It is no co-incidence that Airfix chose the Golden Hind as their first construction kit in 1954. It was Sir Nigel Gresley's record breaking Mallard locomotive.

In 1938 the Mallard recorded a still unbeaten speed record for a steam locomotive of 126mph.

However, it is painted in the original blue livery used by the pre-nationalised LNER company.

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The sailing ship adds a strong dose of nostalgia for a time when Britain was great.

Since then several different people have designed various versions of the game.

Charles Darrow designed a version with US Atlantic City street names around 1930.

The board, the street names and the pre-inflation prices are as they were then. In the 70s, the houses and hotels were made of plastic instead of wood and the packaging and playing pieces moved with the times.

Early versions of the London game had a small box and the board did not fit inside the box.

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