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12 October 2011

I've been posting it everywhere else so why not here the Occupy Wall Street folks said they needed board games, so I got them one.
Awesome. If you donated that, I hope it becomes some kind of protest art.

posted by Eideteker 12 October | 12:37
I did!

It started as a joke but then I realized a live a block away from a toy store.

They also had a copy of Anti-Monopoly.
posted by The Whelk 12 October | 12:41
My mom threw out my copy of Anti-Monopoly, which I had gotten at a church rummage sale (that she ran), because it smelled moldy. The nerve!
posted by Eideteker 12 October | 13:28
This is even more apt than might be obvious.

it's commonly thought that monopoly was invented by an unemployed Philadelphia salesman in the Great Depression. It makes a good story. But the concept was actually invented and patented in 1904 as the as the Landlord's Game, game of protest by a Virginia Quaker woman who was concerned about real estate being used to consolidate wealth. In that game,

instead of names like "Park Place" and "Marvin Gardens" one finds "Poverty Place", "Easy Street" and "Lord Blueblood's Estate".

The key difference was that you could not buy property in this game and become a landlord yourself. It was meant to show how wealth cyclically accrues to people who already have resources, so you basically just lost money. But it became a "folk game" in which people drew and printed their own boards based on the general idea, and made up their own rules (kind of how Monopoly is now - have you ever actually tried to play 'by the book'? It's a pain in the ass). One of the commonest iterations was to allow the purchasing of property. So the 'inventor' of the game really just took something that he came across that had no clear ownership claim, and patented it.
posted by Miko 12 October | 13:40
"The more you know"
posted by The Whelk 12 October | 13:45
Miko, that was fascinating.
posted by BoringPostcards 12 October | 15:32
I just checked that image archive of other versions of the game, and that hasn't appeared on MeFi. Maybe I'll try to FPP this.
posted by Miko 12 October | 15:41
Oh please do, that's great.
posted by Cashman 12 October | 15:49
You are the coolest, dude.
posted by Splunge 12 October | 18:08
Ha Ha Awesome
posted by rollick 12 October | 20:32
Love it.
posted by lysdexic 12 October | 20:58
I hadn't heard of Anti-Monopoly - nifty. AND you look totally adorable in the pink and purple, Whelk!
posted by deborah 13 October | 00:35
The Whelk, what's this website? Are those your sketches? They are amazing!

Also, the Monopoly history info is now FPP'd. I called you out in the [more inside] and linked the photo as inspiration, Whelk.
posted by Miko 13 October | 10:47
Not my website! My friend Molly's site.

Yay! the FPP looks wonderful.
posted by The Whelk 13 October | 11:09
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