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Canadian Monopoly games were introduced in 1936 and closely resembled the U. (Thanks, JP) The game boxes pictured below show different label designs and kind of a chronology of manufacture.
Their patent was issued on Dec 31, 1935, patent number 2,026,082.The new patent was added to the labels and games produced from 1936 - 1941 included both patents printed on the labels.When the 1924 patent expired in 1941, they dropped that number from the labels and used only the later patent issued to them.The phrase A PARKER TRADING GAME was added to the box tops in 1937.Parker Brothers had an office in London and included this city on the labels of their Monopoly games.That office closed in 1940 and London was replaced by Chicago.
Dating early Monopoly games is done by the patent numbers and cities listed on the labels.
Most early games can be dated within a few years using these label elements. The earliest known Canadian game is the No 9 White Box with legals stating CANADIAN (Trademark) REGISTRATION APPLIED FOR and CANADIAN PATENT APPLIED FOR, described below. CLICK HERE and you will go to a page from another Monopoly collectors web site showing a detailed list of dates for the legal statements on game boxes and boards.
In 1935, Parker Brothers (PB) bought the rights to Monopoly from the 'inventor', Charles Darrow. PB immediately began selling Monopoly games using the Darrow game parts.
The first games Parker Brothers made were marked TRADE MARK. This included a small number of the No 9 long box, very rare today.
Parker Brothers applied for their own patent and the next group of their games stated PATENT PENDING or PATENT APPLIED FOR. This statement was used for a while in 1935, but they discovered that there were other games very much like Monopoly already with patents.
To protect their investment in Darrow's Monoply game, they decided to purchase the 1924 patent to the Landlords game and added that patent to their Monopoly games. In the meantime, PB applied for their own patent on Monopoly.