Officially invented in 1933 by Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, and mass produced by Parker Brothers in 1935.
However there is some controversy about the real inventor of the game, some claim Lizzie J. Magie created "The Landlord's Game" in 1904 and this game was further developed by economics students playing the game in Harvard and Princeton.
Regardless of who the real inventor was the current official American monopoly board is based on Darrow's design. In 1935 Parker Brothers sent a copy to Waddingtons in the UK, the head of the company, Victor Watson, liked the game but decided that the game would be more popular in the UK if the board was anglicized. Watson's secretary, Marjory Phillips, collected a list of suitable names while out in London. They met at the Angel's Lion Tea House at One Islington High Street, to discuss which london name should be assigned to which square. That tea house is commemorated on the board as The Angel Islington.
The order of squares on the UK monopoly board starting from Go and moving clockwise is listed below including colour and value if any.
Based on London place names
|Brown||Old Kent Road||£60|
|-||Kings Cross Station||£200|
|Blue||The Angel Islington||£100|
|-||Fenchurch Street Station||£200|
|-||Go to Jail||-|
|-||Liverpool St Station||£200|
Based on Atlantic City place names, the following table lists the sequence of place names, the colour of the squares and the values.
|-||Income Tax||Pay 10% or $200|
|Light blue||Oriental Avenue||$100|
|Light blue||Vermont Avenue||$100|
|Pink||St. Charles Place||$140|
|Orange||St. James Place||$180|
|Orange||New York Avenue||$200|
|-||Go To Jail||-|
|Green||North Carolina Avenue||$300|
|Dark Blue||Park Place||$350|