In The Park in San Jose - U.S.A.
The MITP (= Monopoly In The Park) project is a
project based in Downtown San Jose - California - USA by a local non-profit
group called Friends of San Jose Beautiful, which is an independant
organization that provides assistance with city beautification projects.
The project got it's start around 1992. There was a floral and garden show in
San Fransisco, and at that show, one of the vendors had chosen Monopoly as their
theme and arranged a contract with Parker Brothers and a local enterprise to
create a huge, granite Monopoly board measuring over 9 x 9 m,
as well as large tokens. The spaces were created out of solid granite and etched,
painted, carved, and colored to look almost exactly like a current American game
board. The tokens that were used were recycled after the show was over. Each
rectangular property square weighs about 65 kg each and the four square corners
weigh in at around 100 kg each.
After the floral and garden show the owner of the board called around to see who
would be interested in buying the board from him. Finally the Friends of San
Jose Beautiful received a grant from the Metro A Foundation to purchase the
Mitchell Freeman (Monopolist) became a member of the working committee for
MITP and, as he writes, he "got to be part of one of the most important
projects a Monopoly collector could ever hope to be a part of!"
Monopoly in the Park
finally reports that on July 19, 2002 "the only permanent outdoor
Monopoly board in the world with a surface of 84 m²" came into use. The
picture was specially taken for this Catalogue by Laura Schaub of San Jose
Fruit machine with Dutch Monopoly game board
Machines Ltd. -Wolverhampton - UK -1993
Overall dimensions: 62 x 65 x 168 cm
Weight: 110 kg
Since march 2001 I'm the lucky owner of the fruit machine alongside. This is
really a very special item in my collection. It still is fully commercially
employable (however with old coins, because I haven't got it converted into
Euro's) but all visitors can play for free.
It is a variant of regular fruit machines in which the points of the basic
game can be increased by playing the sequel game. In this case the
sequel game is the Dutch Monopoly game. It is not known how many of these
machines have been made by the English manufacturer, however he at least made
machines with the English- and German game board as well.
Doubtless such fruit machines will have been manufactured in the USA as well,
but unfortunately not to my knowledge..
The rules of course differ importantly from the regular board game, because it
can only been played by one person. In this game it is not possible to collect
more than one group, because the matching points are automatically brought to
the Monopoly counter and the game will restart. On Electric Company and Water Works a
"mystery price" is presented of at least 12 and 100 points at most. No
houses nor hotels have to be built and the price of a property is only 4 points
in all cases.
A German variant is shown at: http://www.fbas.tv/mediawiki/index.php/Monopoly_Unterhaltungsautoma
Monopoly table - Germany
Manufacturer: Bally Wulff
- Berlin - 1995
This table was made in 1995 by the company Bally Wulff
(http://www.ballywulff.de) because of
Monopoly's 60th anniversary. It was for the first time shown on the important International
Games Show "Spiel 1995" in Essen - Germany.
A leaflet suggests 2 models can be delivered, viz. a Cocktail-Tisch and a
Bistroversion. Unfortunately the manufacturer was not willing to tell me
if there was ever made more than one table.
The table shown was sold for DM 505,- (= € 230,-) on the auction site ebay
floor in Moordrecht - Holland
Maquet & Macom, a market communication office at Moordrecht -
Holland, has a maxi-monopoly game board of the Dutch version in its office
In spring 1998 both directors and Monopoly freaks, Edwin den Ouden and
Rob Oostvogel, made this floor of marmoleum lay out. The play spaces were shaped
at Forbo - Krommenie (manufacturer of marmoleum), provided with illustrations,
texts and colors. Because of the accuracy of colors, illustrations and precise
sizes a special computer-controlled water laser technique was used. All
components of each space were individually packed in a crate and transported to
Moordrecht. There the "jigsaw" was put together.
The sizes of the floor are 16 x 16 m and those of each space are 130
x 160 cm. Considering these sizes a few concessions had to be made as to the
sequence of the spaces, but that remained within the demands of Hasbro, who
sanctioned this project. (An other example of deviations in the order of the
fields is the travel edition in the so-called red case.)
This floor was entered at the Guinness Book of Records but before it can be
recorded all property cards, banknotes, houses and hotels have to be made on the
same scale …. so that will take some time.
Celebrate the Century 1930s, number 4, (item no. 5542) with a.o. Monopoly stamp
Publisher: United States Postal Service -1998
The accompanying story with these stamps say:
"Depression, Dust Bowl, and a New Deal
By 1933 the average wage was 60 percent less than in 1929 and unemployment had
skyrocketed to 25 percent. Dust storms forced many farmers to give up their
Americans escaped harsh realities by playing Monopoly, reading the adventures of
"Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon", and listening to
Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust". Popular films included King Kong
and It Happened One Night. For the first time, African-American
athletes became national idols: Joe Louis in boxing and Jesse Owens in
track and field.
Prohibition was repealed in 1933. President Franklin Roosevelt fought the
Great Depression with his New Deal programs. The "Star-Sprangled
Banner" was chosen as the national anthem. The Empire State Building rose
above the Manhattan skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge spanned the San
Francisco Bay. Back on the ground, the parking meter made its first appearance
As the decade closed, many Americans were anxious about the growing war in
New words: all-star, oops, pizza, racism."
The price of this special issue was at the time of issue $ 4.80.
table top pinball machine
Manufacturer: Funrise Toy Corp. - Woodland Hills, CA - 2000
Dimensions, without legs: 78.7 x 43.2 x 58.4 cm
This is a small table top pinball machine that however can also be
Of course there is no talk of collecting streets or buying houses or hotels and
not at all cards a player can draw. The only things related to Monopoly are the
pictures, like running Mr. Monopoly (until 2000 called Rich Uncle
Pennybags) on the upstanding part of the
machine and the Go to Jail and Luxury Tax spaces inside the
cabinet. According to the manufacturer (see: http://www.funrise.com/arcade.html)
this pinball machine is also available in the versions Monopoly Deluxe
and Monopoly Junior.
The price of this set was $ 99,99 March 2001.
Monopoly commercial pinball machine - USA
Manufacturer: Stern Comp. - Chicago
Dimensions: 198 x 137 x 71 cm
Weight: 113 kg
It is to be expected there will be beautiful commercial machines as well next to
domestic games and indeed, the Stern Company recently introduced their machine
shown on the picture.
This is also an electronic instrument rather than a mechanical one and
that can cause great difference in appreciations by pinball fanatics.
The machine is richly provided with nice Monopoly illustrations, including of
course Mr.Monopoly with his red bow
tie (until 2000 called Rich Uncle Pennybags) not only on the
exterior but inside the main part as well.
The design is of Pat Lawlor a well know name in the pinball world.
The price of this instrument amounted to $ 3,500 at its introduction September 2001.
Monopoly Bank checks
Printer: John Harland Company - Atlanta - Ga. - 2001
Obviously it is very popular in the United States but I was rather surprised
as a German games collector showed me a Monopoly check he received from an
American business aquaintance for a payment. .
As a result of some research on Internet it appeared the Harland Company (see:http://www.harland.net/PPandS_Site/PPs/PPhome_frmset.html)
to be a leading company of printed products and software to the financial
institution market. If you go to the site mentioned something immediately
strikes you: With the shown picture of a number of different scenes of ckecks
there also is a picture of 3 laughing persons, which strongly
reminds to the laughing family on the bottom of the Parker/Hasbro Monopoly
edition with ref.nr.14535 of the period from 1996 to 2001. But I guess this is
sheer chance .....
It was found that Harland offers checks with different Monopoly designs,
Of course there is also an appropriate checkebook wallet with Monopoly
Americans can make their choice from the Harland designs and ask their bank
to order his checks there.
Water Works Submarine on flatcar
Manufacturer: Custom-made - 2001
Dimensions: "0 gauge"
I was pointed to an offer of this nice Submarine by the trainavids Bobby Striklin & Lee Garrett - USA in
They recommended this item as follows:
"Rich Uncle Pennybags takes a dive!
(This demonstrates these sellers to be trainavids rather than Monopoholics,
because since 2000 Rich Uncle is Mr. Monopoly).
Seems there’s been trouble with the water pipes in Monopolyville and that Ole
Penny Bags with mustache, top hat and cane is off to inspect. What better way
to view the pipes where they cross under the Monopoly River, then in his
Monopoly Water Works Submarine."
About this car and submarine: The car is custom production made using a
classic Sub on flatcar.
Produced by today’s leading custom car painter.
Train cars were purchased in the secondary market, stripped down and redecorated.
The flatcar: The graphics are pad printed. Flat is painted in super cool seagreen. The flatcar has sprung metal trucks.
The submarine: artwork is professionally
applied. The sea foam color of the sub is cool. The sub has a rubber band wind
up nose that makes the propeller spin when you push the release pin. You can
adjust the trim and direction of the rudder and trim fins. If you want, take the
sub off the flatcar and run it in the bathtub!
Very limited edition:
Fewer than 100 of
these cars were made. Shown at USA's York TCA (Train Collectors
Association) during Spring 2000. All sold out on
This sub on flatcar was offered on ebay
for US$ 119.-, Dec. 2006.
Manufacturer: Game Table.Com - Albany -N.Y. - USA - 2002
These licensed Monopoly® tables became available April 2002. There are 5 different types of tables in popular styles with rich colors and grains. The
wooden tables are made of hardwoods, veneer and strong composite materials.
Each table has at least the boards and all accessories of Monopoly, Scrabble and
Backgammon and sometimes more.
The delivery programme was somewhat changed and expanded
The models one can choose from are:
Large tables: Dimensions: 78.7 x 78.7 x 76.2
Designs: Georgetown Game Table, Oak Finish
Manchester Game Table, Cherry Finish
End tables: Dimensions: 51.4 x 51.4 x 66.0 cm
Designs: 6 in 1 End Table, Oak Finish
Glass Monopoly® Table
6 in 1 Accent Table, Cherry Finish (41.9 x 41.9 x 52.7 cm)
Coffee Tables: Dimensions: 55.2 x 106.7 x 45.7 cm
Designs: 6 in 1 Coffee Table, Cherry Finish (see the picture)
6 in 1 Coffee Table, Oak Finish
Pub Game Tables: Dimensions: 91.4 x 91.4 x 106.7 cm
Designs: Gloucester, Oak Finish
Hamilton, Cherry Finish
Newburyport, Oak Finish (Round Pub Table)
Magnolia, Cherry Finish (Round Pub Table)
Game Chests: Dimensions: 43.8 x 43.8 x 57.2 cm
Designs: Boxford Game Chest, Oak Finish
Wenham Game Chest, Cherry Finish
Rockport Game Chest, Weathered White Finish
The price of the Coffee Table from the picture amounted to US$ 290