Like many folks, some of my first real experiences with economics and personal finance came from playing Monopoly, the real-estate trading game. As a young capitalist, the game appealed to me, and I loved playing it with my cousins at holiday family gatherings. (I can’t say I was very good at it, but I still enjoyed playing.)
Austin McConnell, a huge Monopoly fan, recently fulfilled a two-year quest: He tracked down a 1940s war-time era Monopoly set from Great Britain:
He too has nostalgic memories of the game. But that’s not the reason he was after this particular edition.
This set is special because it was created during a period of war-time supply shortages. As a result, some of the pieces are made out of cheaper materials than people are (and were) accustomed to. McConnell actually had high hopes that this might be one of those rare Monopoly sets that was created a secret escape kit for prisoners of war (!!!) — but that wish didn’t come true.
His set did, however, come with hand-drawn modifications that are cool enough in their own right.