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The original Monopoly, which came out in 1935, almost did not make it to market. In the 1930s when the economy in the US was pretty bad, Charles B. Darrow of German-town, Pennsylvania, showed a game he called Monopoly to the manager at Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers 41rejected the game at first, pointing out “fifty-two design errors.” But Mr. Darrow did not give up. 42Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time, and his dream that the game could bring his fame and fortune gave him the idea to produce it on his own.  With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold five thousand handmade sets of the game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved it! But as the requests grew, he couldn’t 43keep up with all the orders and went to talk to Parker Brothers again. This time he met with success. During its first year on the market, Monopoly was the best-selling game in America. And 44over its sixty-five-year history, about five hundred million people have played the game. It is the best-selling board game in the worl..

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