The Original Monopoly Board Was a Circle

Filed in things I never knew: early Monopoly boards were circular! Filed in things I should have known: Monopoly street names all hail from Atlantic City.

The Original Monopoly Board Was a CircleS

Anyway, this particular set is notable because of its circular shape and the fact that it was hand made by Charles Darrow, the purported inventor of the modern Monopoly. The board is made from oil cloth and is 33 inches in diameter with a hand colored playing surface. Despite being shaped in a circle, the game is pretty much the same Monopoly we've all played: the colors match up and there's the same number of properties. This set recently sold for $145,000 in an auction. [Daily Mail via Neatorama]