Catalogue number
  • EPH 2217
  • whole: wood
  • whole: fabric
  • whole: card
  • whole: paper
  • whole: L: 19.5in (board) W: 19.5in H: 0.5in
Alternative names
  • full name: Monopoly
  • simple name: GAME : British
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Boxed game (with board and accessories and instructions).

History note

Second World War period British board game. Its wartime provenance is reflected by the fact that the 'property accessories' have been replaced by wooden parts, and a Spinner has been substituted for the dice. Waddingtons' made a variety of board games such as 'Monopoly' and also chess sets and playing cards that could be sent to prisoners of war with maps concealed within. Correspondence between Christopher Clayton Hutton, Intelligence Officer in MI9, and Norman Watson of Waddington's held in the British Library on the subject of 'car parking' makes reference to the 'Free Parking' square on the Monopoly board. When this square was marked with a full stop it indicated that there was a map of Northern France and Germany inside. A full stop after 'Marylebone Station' meant a map of Italy and one after 'Mayfair' denoted a map showing Norway, Sweden and Germany. See Debbie Hall, 'Wall Tiles and Free Parking: escape and evasion maps of World War II'. (

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