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    Monopoly Patented

Governor Earl Warren of California and four of his six children...

On December 31, 1935, the now ubiquitous winner-take-all board game Monopoly was patented. Since that day, it has been translated into 37 languages and evolved into over 200 licensed and localized editions for 103 countries across the world. The game of capitalism, competition and business strategy has firmly established itself as a significant piece of popular culture.

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Governor Earl Warren of California and four of his six children spend a pleasant evening at home with one of their favorite family games...
Prints & Photographs Division
Library of Congress
Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-103135


    The Man Who Saved Christmas

In 1918 the World War I era Council of National Defense was poised to include toys in their ban on the manufacture of nonessential goods during the war.

Read our blog post, A.C. Gilbertís Successful Quest to Save Christmas to learn how Gilbert kept toys off of that list.

 

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Grace Coolidge, Santa Claus, and children next to Christmas tree
Harris & Ewing Collection
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Reproduction number: LC-DIG-hec-34664

image of Grace Coolidge, Santa Claus, and children next to Christmas tree

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