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As far as I know, less than a dozen of these game boxes exist today.(VIEW HERE) On Dec 31, 1935, Parker Brothers was issued a patent for Monopoly, patent 2,026,082.
One of the first things changed was the color of the box from black to blue.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.Parker Brothers applied for a patent and added this to the games.By this time, Parker Brothers realised the game was going to be a hit so production was ramped up considerably.By the end of 1936, all the boxes with this label design were switched to the blue color.
The 'Trade Mark' game is the ultimate Parker Brothers Monopoly game for a collector.
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.
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Also, check out the online Vintage Monopoly Game Collectors group This style box was a Darrow design and Parker Brothers just continued production using his design.
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.