The year was 1904 when a young woman named Elizabeth Magie created “The Landlord’s Game.”
She applied for a patent, which was granted on January 5, 1904 (No. 748,626). She explained that the game was to be a “practical demonstration of the present system of land-grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences.” This became what we know today as Monopoly.
The game is greatness, unless you are playing with one those tools who refuse to trade properties.
But have you ever thought about what those cheap purple streets or the highfalutin dark blue streets really look like? One daring photographer with The Atlantic’s CityLab ventured to answer that unasked question.
(All pics via the artist, Mike Osborne.)