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versie 2000.


  Number of versions: 5

   Edition: February 25, 2001
   Updated: october 25  2011

Map of Portugal.Probably only 10 to 15 years after Parker Brothers started selling Monopoly games in 1935 in America, the first Portugese editions appeared.
The properties on the Parker Brothers game boards as from 1961 sometimes majorly differ (like stations instead of cinema's) and sometimes only in minor detail (different spelling of street names) from that of the original issues of the same maker.
The properties of the Portuguese Monopoly editions are not only from the capital Lisbon, but are mainly based on streets from Lisbon, followed by a number from Porto and a few streets from 3 other cities.

The spaces on the game boards as from 1961 are from Partida:
Campo Grande (Lisboa) - Caixa da Comunidade - Av.Fernão de Magalhães (Porto) - Pague imposto sobre a renda - Estação do Rossio - Avenida Almirante Reis (Lisboa) - Sorte - Avenida Todi (Setúbal)  - Av. 24 de Julho (Lisboa) - Cadeia (2x) - Avenida dos Combatentes (Braga) - Companhia Electricidade - Rua Ferreira Borges (Coimbra)Av. de Roma (Lisboa) - Estação de  Campanhã - Avenida da Boavista (Porto) - Caixa da Comunidade - Avenida da República (Lisboa) - Rua de SÁ da Bandeira (Porto) - Estacionamento Livre - Rua de Santa Catarina (Porto) - Sorte - Rua do Carmo (Lisboa) - Av.Marechal Gomes da Costa (Porto) - Estação de S.Bento - Rua de Santo António (Porto)RuaGarrett (Lisboa) - Companhia das Águas - Avenida dos Aliados (Porto) - Vá para a Cadeia - Avenida da Liberdade (Lisboa) - Praça da Liberdade (Porto) - Caixa da Comunidade - Rua do Ouro (Lisboa) - Estação de S.ta Apolónia - Sorte - Rua Augusta (Lisboa) - Taxa  de Luxo and Rossio (Lisboa).



Monopolio, het eerste Portugese spel?Edition: Monopólio
Publisher: Majora - Porto - ± 1950
Dimensions of the box: 25 x 49.5 cm
The game:
A collector from Portugal pointed this old, not Parker Brothers Monopoly issue out to me. 
He tells about this edition:

"My mother got this set as a child, the reason why I assume this set dates back to about 1950.
It must have been one of the first Portugese Monopoly editions. Even today the existing manufacturer could not tell when they started issuing this game. However Marjora decided  to translate the original American name, because under the then ruling dictator (until 1974) import of products was forbidden and in case products were important they should be sold under Portugese name. 
As Parker Brothers found out Majora brought the games on this way on the market they were forced to stop and use the original name.

At close comparison of the Parker Brothers version as from 1961 with this inland variant it shows that:

The corners were not yet the official ones:
The rascal wears real  prison clothing and is behind more bars.
On Free Parking a luxury car is to be seen from the front  instead of the back of the red car with its white spare wheel.
"Officer Edgar Mallory", the policeman who sends you back to jail looks forward but points backwards.
Except for the Electric Company and Water Works (both with deviating pictures) there is a Gas Company as well.
At the 3rd red street space is now the Water Works.
" Caixa da Comunidade" (Community Chest) is called here "Tire a sua Sorte" (Chance). On these spaces is like on those of the "Tire o seu Azar" a ?.
At the Water Works space is an additional " Tire a sua Sorte". 
Instead of a 3rd purple street is a tax space "Pague Imposto Predial".
Instead of stations there are 4 cinema's here.
The second street after Partida is a different street in Porto.
The field names are only printed once  on this game board.
The colors of the question marks on the game board differ.

As from Partida the properties and other fields of this oldest known edition are successively:
Campo Grande (Lisboa) - Tire o seu Azar - Av.dos Combatentes (Porto) - Pague imposto  sobre a renda - S.Luís Cine - Av. Almirante Reis (Lisboa) - Tire a sua Sorte - Av. Todi (Setúbal)  - Av. 24 de Julho (Lisboa) - Cadeia (1x) - Av. dos Combatentes (Braga) - Companhia Electricidade - Rua Ferreira Borges (Coimbra) - Pague Imposto Predial - S.Joáo Cine - Av. da Boavista (Porto) - Tire a sua Sorte - Av.República (Lisboa) - R. SÁ da Bandeira (Porto) - Estacionamento Livre - R.Sta. Catarina (Porto) - Tire o seu Azar - Rua do Carmo (Lisboa) - Companhia das Águas - Cinema Tivoli - R.Sto.António (Porto) -R.Garrett (Lisboa) - Tire a sua Sorte - Av. dos Aliados (Porto) - Vá para a Cadeia - Av. da Liberdade (Lisboa) - Pr.da Liberdade (Porto) - Companhia do Gaz - R.do Ouro (Lisboa) - Coliseu - Tire a sua Sorte - R.Augusta (Lisboa) - Pague Imposto de Conservaçáo de saneamento and Rossio (Lisboa).

Apparently until the sixties it was common usage to always have something different at the yellow streets. So they waggled with the amounts of the first and third street. The board shows a value of 2600$ at R. Sto. Antonio, while its property deed shows a mortage value of 1400$ (Escudos). In reverse the board has a price of 2800$ at Av. dos Aliados, while its mortage value is 1300$.  And here again the  rent of all unimproved
The banknotes are of the manufacturer's own design and so differ completely from the "official". In the large central circle of the note it always says above the number in red "Monopólio Registado" and under it "Majora". Outside this circle there are another 4 smaller circles showing the denomination. The denominations of the 7 banknotes are resp.: 10$ - 50$ - 100$ - 200$ - 500$ - 1000$ and 5000$.
Unfortunately there are no tokens, houses nor hotels anymore. However, it is known that they were of wood.


De  "witte doos met rode balk" van ná 1961.Edition: Monopoly, standard long box,  Ref. 492
              Jogo de Sociedade
              Licença Parker Brothers Inc. U.S.A.
              Fabrico Exclusivo de Majora - Porto

Publisher: Parker Brothers, Inc./Majora - Porto -  ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 26.2 x 48.0 cm
Dim.of the double folded board: 66.8 x 66.8 cm
The game:
This white box with a picture of the gameboard in a green and blue field and Monopoly in white characters in a red bar is typical for the sixties and seventies. Moreover is under the red bar the logo exsisting of a "drawn Uncle Pennybags in a red square with a blue engine on each side". 

Like in other European countries these Portugese editions  clearly have the features of the Parker Brothers design, i.e.:

The standard presentation of the Jail (rascal with thick lips behind 3 bars), Free Parking (red car with white tires) and 
Go to Jail (policeman with blue cap and wistle).
Thee stations show the black locomotive pointing forward.
Until the eighties the word Monopoly on the boargame's midfield is in closed, black characters without frame and parallel to the first side. 
The names of the spaces are mentioned twice.
The Community Chest fields show the blue treasure chest and the Super Tax field shows "the gold ring with diamond".

However, there are remarkable differences compared to the same editions from other countries, viz.:

The banknotes (dim. 48 x 91 mm) are indeed of the Banco Monopoly and they also show a house, a lokomotive and twice the denomination in a small space, but the design is completely different and there is no mention of a patent nor a patent pending. The brown backside show a pattern of the word Monopoly. The 7 denominations are in Escudos: 10 (dark grey on light grey) - 50 (red on beige) - 100 (dark blue on blue green) - 200 (blue green on light green) - 500 (brown on light brown) - 1.000 (orange on yellow) and 5.000 (purple on light purple).
The plastic houses are red, while  the hotels are green! They have roof tiles as well as a centrally placed chimney.
All cards, including the property deeds are numbered.
The gameboard is folded with the playside outwards.

The white back of the game board has a pattern of the maker's name in blue characters. In the innerbox are 2 inserts of soft cream colored plastic. One contains 7 spaces for the banker's banknotes, the other has 8 holes for the storage of the attributes. The is nothing printed at the bottom of the box.
Like in the issues of other countries here the rent of all unimproved.  Both blue Sorte- and pink Caixa da Comunidade cards have a pattern of the word Monopoly printed on both sides.
The tokens are 6 simple plastic pawns. Both dice are white with black pips.

The price of this set amounted to US$ 11.- in September 1987.

This edition was "Made in Portugal"


Merkwaardig kleine doos, Ref. 492/1Edition: Monopoly, reduced long box, Ref. 492/1
              Jogo de Sociedade
              Licença Parker Brothers Inc. U.S.A.
              Fabrico Exclusivo de Majora - Porto

Publisher: Parker Brothers, Inc./Majora - Porto - ±1961
Dimensions of the box: 22.0 x 42.0 cm
Dim.of the double folded board: 41 x 41 cm
The game:
This edition is almost exactly equal to the one with Ref.492, except for the fact that it is slightly smaller. Also this smaller edition cannot be compared with the square box in which the gameboard is folded twice. That is because of this edition the board is 41 x 41 cm, whereas that of the large edition is 66.8 x 66.8 cm.
The board has remarkable broad white edges. It's back is green  with a pattern of the name Majora.

In the innerbox is an insert of blue plastic with 9 holes for the attributes.  The bottom of the box is unprinted. 
Again the houses are red and the hotels green.  The 6 colored, plastic tokens are hollw cilinders with rounded top.
Both dice are of wood and green with gold pips.

This edition was "Made in Portugal".

Standard sqare box, ref. 492/2.Edition: Monopoly, square box, Ref. 492/2
             Jogo de Sociedade
              Licença Parker Brothers Inc. U.S.A.
              Fabrico Exclusivo de Majora - Porto

Publisher: Parker Brothers, Inc./Majora - Porto -  ca.1970
Dimensions of the box: 25.0 x 25.0 cm
Dim.of the double folded board: 46.7 x 40.7 cm
The game:
Note that all 3 games have different sizes.
Oddly enough, this is the only game of these 3 where the copyright line is mentioned under the red Monopoly bar of the lid.

This edition of the "white box doos with the board in a green, in blue field" and the red Monopolybar about in the middle of
 the lid has been published over more than 10 years in many countries and in various sizes.

All accessories in this edition are exactly the same as those of the earlier publications, like: 
the numbered property deeds, the Sorte and Caixa da Comunidade cards, the small banknotes of the Banco Monopoly, 
the little red houses and large green hotels.
Te 6 tokens are lttle plastic pawns with wide base.
The dice are of black wood with gold pips.

The rent of the most expensive yellow street in unbuild state, the R.de Santo António in Porto, is still that of the other 2 streets. 
This is already since the creation of the game in America, see chapter http://www.muurkrant.nl/monopoly/usa-classic-editions.htm.

This game was "Made in Portugal"



Edition: Standard - new itinerary Ref. 060100009/190
Jogo de Sociedade

Parker/Hasbro, Inc./Hasbro Iberia S.L. - 2001
Dimensions of the box:
26.8 x 40.3 cm
       of the game board: 25.2 x 25.2 cm
The game:
Parker/Hasbro. Although it is not yet mentioned, it does mean that also this edition has been made in the large plants in Waterford-Ierland.
Parker/Hasbro have worldwide standardized their games, reason why they become the less interesting for collectors, to my opinion. Now all standard editions in all countries got number 9, the number applied to all American editions from the very first publications in 1935. 
See: http://www.muurkrant.nl/monopoly/usa-classic-editions.htm.  

The above mentioned reference number has to be read as follows:
 0601:   is the date the  design of the game was made, so June - 2001
00009: standard edition
190:      Hasbro's country number for Portugal.

The design of this new game features::

The illustration on the lid shows a somewhat cheap looking roodbruine rim.

Only 4 spaces of the fourth side of the game board are shown in perspective with 1 house, 1 hotel, still the hat and the racecar as well as both dice, however 
now with 4 and 3 (instead of 3 and 5, as on previous wite boxes with ref.nr.14535 from the second of the fifties).

The prices of the properties are in Euro as well as in low values startin with € 60 and finishing with  €400 for the most expensive street.

The perspective red Monopoly bar with the nice shadow and Mr.Monopoly with the red bow tie (until 2000 he was Rich Uncle Pennybags), that appears on the lid, the board game's midfield and all 4 rims of the innerbox.

The bottom side of the box no longer shows "the laughing family" but almost the whole game board with all its attrubutes.

The "bankers tray" of this "standard" box is red  and has holes for the 7 banknotes as well as for the property deeds who are still present with the banker. The game board is folded in four and fits, when stored, precisely on the bankers tray. The back of the board is red, the playside is blue green
On the board the Sorte cards with red back and ? are as usual next to the Partiida corner and the Caixa da Comunidade cards with blue back and treasure chest next to the Free Parking corner. The cards (56x87 mm) have right angled corners.
The property cards (56x87 mm) also have right angled corners.
The banknotes (52x100 mm) are printed on one side only. On top of the circle on the note is a black ribbon showing "MONOPOLY with Mr.Monopoly". At the bottom of this circle is in small characters "©2001 Hasbro Inc.".  The currency is Euro (€) and the denominations are resp.: 1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500 (ref.100 00009 00C0).
The 10 tokens are of light metal and are the well-known: hat - shoe - car - boat - dog - wheelbarrow - rider-on-a-horse - thimble - iron and canon. 
The green houses and red hotels are of non-transparant plastic and have all an overhanging roof with an excentric chimney.
Both dice are white with black pips. 

The spaces on the game board are since 2001 according to a completely new itinerary and are from Partida onwards:

Campo Grande (Lisboa) - Caixa da Comunidade - Rua Faria Guimarães (Porto) - Pague imposto sobre capitais - Estação do Rossio - Alameda das Linhas de Torres (Lisboa) - Sorte - Avenida da Nações Unidas (Telheiras) - Avenida 24 de Julho (Lisboa) - Na/Apenas Visitante - Avenida Central (Braga) - Companhia Electricidade - Rua Ferreira Borges (Coimbra)Avenida de Roma (Lisboa) - Gare do Oriente - Avenida da Boavista (Porto) - Caixa da Comunidade - Avenida da República (Lisboa) - Rua Mouzinho da Silveira (Porto) - Estacionamento Livre - Rua de Santa Catarina (Porto) - Sorte - Avenida Infante Santo (Lisboa) - Rua Júlio Diniz(Porto) - Estação de S.Bento - Praça da República (Porto)Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo (Lisboa) - Companhia das Águas - Rotunda da Boavista (Porto) - Vá para a Cadeia - Avenida da Liberdade (Lisboa) - Rua dos Clérigos (Porto) - Caixa da Comunidade - Avenida do Parque das Nações (Lisboa) - Estação de STa Apolónia - Sorte - Rua das Amoreiras (Lisboa) - Imposto de Luxo and Rossio (Lisboa).




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