MONOPOLY - 1916

Designed by:  Paul Sherk
Location:  Wyomissing, PA
Date of Game: 1916, exact copy made 1936 (pictured below) Photographer:  Dennis R. Bender
Image Origin:  HISTORICAL REVIEW OF BERKS COUNTY
  WINTER 1978 - Volume XLIV, Number 1 Winter, 1978-1979
  MONOPOLY: From Berks to Boardwalk
Special thanks to:  Geo. M. Meiser IX - Society President, and Charles J. Adams III - Author

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monopoly - Paul Sherk Board - 1916

This 1936 “Monopoly” board, above, is a direct copy of the 1916 board used by Paul Sherk. Below can be seen the paper money, mortgage cards, improvised game markers (including French, Chinese and an ancient Greek coin) utilized in the game that was played in Berks County two decades before the “invention” of the game of Monopoly by Charles Darrow of Philadelphia. The 1916 board was sold by Sherk to the Parker Brothers game company.


monopoly - Paul Sherk Board - 1916


Deatails photos below created from above photography by Thomas Forsyth

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Detail space no. 19

Sherk Rent Card
Detail - Rent Rate Card

 
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