1936 to 1947 (AUS)


1936


1936-01 1936-01 1936-01 1936-01
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Black Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - London and Leeds - ±1936
Dimensions of the box: 16.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm
Dimensions of the game board: 49 x 49 cm

The early editions were made by John Sands Pty. Ltd. under licence from Waddingtons, UK. This is the reason why United Kingdom properties were used.


Some printing anomalies can be found some on this board:


Trafalgar Square as well as Leicester Square have extra stroke bottom right in U.
The squeak in Q rest only outside the circle.
King Cross has no apostrophe between G and S but later versions seem to acquire this apostrophe.
The G has a small horizontal innerline like middle of e but this seems to have disappeared in later editions.

Other features of this edition are:


Lid: The lid shows the black/red "locomotive illustration" as it is on the United Kingdom editions.
Game Board: It's back is black with the "locomotive illustration" on one of the sections. The fold is parallel to the 2nd side. Its weight is 650 g (remarkably heavy). The board label has full stop and comma after Waddington LTD., and John Sands Pty. Ltd.
Rent on Piccadilly: It is £22 on the unimproved ground like the other yellow streets. (This error was made in 1935 in the USA already and was copied over the years in all countries until about 1980. From then on it became as it ought to be at £24.)
Community Chest: The cards are yellow. On the game board it only shows the small "C in circle".
Chance: The cards are orange/pink (90x52 mm).
Tokens: The well-known metal tokens car, hat, thimble, boat, shoe and iron.
Money: The circle on the banknotes show the mention "Pat.app.for" under the large figure. The seven banknotes are all made of coloured paper with black print. The denominations are: £1 (yellow), £5 (blue), £10 (white), £20 (green), £50 (purple), £100 (orange), and £500 (red on white). 
Houses / Hotels: The houses are green and the hotels are dark maroon and both made of dull wood.
Dice: These are white with black pips. 
Rules: These are printed in black on a 14.2 cm wide sheet, folded. It asks to "Please enclose 2d. stamp". It does not mention John Sands, but it says: "Extra money obtainable from all leading stores at 1/6 per set".

1936-02
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Black Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - London and Leeds - ±1936
Dimensions of the box: 16.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm
Dimensions of the game board: 49 x 49 cm

The lid and one side of the game board's back has the red illustration with two black locomotives, two houses and the £ through the middle O of the word Monopoly, with Mr. Monopoly's "precursor" on top.


Features of this edition are:


Lid: The lid shows the black/red "locomotive illustration".
Game Board: It's back is black with the "locomotive illustration" on one of the sections. The fold is parallel to the 1st side.
Rent on Piccadilly: It is £22 on the unimproved ground like the other yellow streets.
Income Tax / Super Tax: Only shows a small, rhomb-shaped square which is typical for the Waddington's design.
Community Chest: The cards are yellow. On the game board it only shows the small, rhomb-shaped square.
Chance: The cards are orange/pink.
Tokens: The well-known metal tokens car, hat, thimble, boat, shoe and iron.
Money: The circle on the banknotes show the mention "Pat.app.for" under the large figure. The seven banknotes are all made of coloured paper with black print. The denominations are: £1 (yellow), £5 (blue), £10 (white), £20 (green), £50 (purple), £100 (orange), and £500 (red on white). 
Houses / Hotels: The houses are green and the hotels are dark maroon and both made of dull wood.
Dice: These are red with white pips. 
Rules: N / A

1936-03
Edition: London edition - "Long Box" - Black Trade Mark - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - London and Leeds - ±1936
Dimensions of the box: 26.6 x 50.8 x 4.5 cm

Like Waddington's in England, John Sands made a black box version of the London set, next to the "Deluxe Gold edition", in Australia as well. It is an exact copy, except for some minor details and colour differences.


Box: The somewhat high box has a black lid with the red illustration with two black engines, two houses and the £ sign through the middle O, with the "precursor of Uncle Pennybags" on top. This set also says "Pat. App. For No. 3796-36" meaning that the patent was not yet granted.
Inner Box: The innerbox contains two black inserts with an orange tray in between. In this are some smaller holders to store the attributes. The larger black insert has a sticker with the useful text "This platform may be used as a lid for the centre section containing money, tokens, etc.". The bottom of this innerbox is untreated.<
Game Board: The striking heavy game board weighs 620g.
Rent on Piccadilly: With the properties the rent of the last (unimproved) street is always somewhat higher than the others, except for the yellow streets. Therefore the rent on Piccadilly is the same as on the other streets, £ 22.
Community Chest / Chance: The entirely pink Chance and yellow Community Chest cards have the strange size of 47 x 90 mm. They have no rounded corners, nor are they numbered.
Tokens: The well-known metal tokens car, hat, thimble, boat, shoe and iron.
Money: The banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper (except for the 500 note) in the seven denominations: The denominations are: £1 (yellow), £5 (blue), £10 (black), £20 (pink), £50 (grey), £100 (orange), and £500 (red on white).
Houses / Hotels: The houses and hotels are of glossy wood.
Dice: These are are rather small and made of untreated wood, with red pips.


1943/47


1943-01
 
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Red - War Time Production - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - London and Leeds - ±1943/1947
Dimensions of the box: 16.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm

It resembles the "Small box" black a lot, however at closer investigation thre are a few differences. On the inside of the lid is a small sticker saying:

WAR-TIME PRODUCTION
The manufacturers regret that owing to restrictions in the manpower and materials they have no alternative than to ask you to accept this production as a justifiable standard of war-time craftsmanship.

Features of this edition are:


Lid: The lid shows the black/red "locomotive illustration" as of the editions in Great Britain. The rims of the lid are red now.
Rent on Piccadilly: The rent on Piccadilly is £22 at the unimproved ground, like for both other yellow streets.
Community Chest / Chance: The pink Chance and blue Community Chest cards are smaller (40 x 76 mm) and very poor.
Tokens: The six tokens are wood turned pawns.
Money: The banknotes are printed on somewhat cheaper paper and the colours are dull. The seven denominations are £1 (grey), £5 (red on white), £10 (black on white), £20 (pink), £50 (yellow), £100 (red on white) and £500 (green).
Houses / Hotels: The green houses and red hotels are made of smooth wood. However the houses are almost the same length as the hotels and besides they are unequal in length.
Dice: The dice are brown with white pips.
Rules: At the end is said the manufacturers are willing to answer your questions and therefore ask to "Please enclose 2d. stamp."


1943-02
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Blue Grey - War Time Production - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1943/1947
Dimensions of the box: 16.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm

It is a version corresponding very much to the England issue of that era, because:


It also contains the very special spinner supplied as a substitute for both dice. In this case the red/white disc has been mounted on a white support with black text, while that of the English edition is black with white text. The maker apologises  with the following text on the support: "Owing to the difficulty of obtaining dice it has been necessary to include this substitute".
Like in the English edition the tokens are flat cardboard figures on wooden base. However, in this case these six tokens are rectangular little cardboards with a picture, while the English issue has shaped figures. They are: shoe, telephone, iron, hat, house and lamp.
The blue grey paper used for the box and the board's back was of course also caused by shortage of material availability.
It has to be mentioned about the game board the colour bars of the first three streets after Jail to be very light pink. That applies for the property deeds as well. The Chance cards are pink through and the Community Chest cards blue green.
The seven banknotes are printed in black on coloured paper, except for the 5 and 100 that are printed in red on white paper. The denominations are: £1, £5, £10, £20, £50, £100 and £500.


1943-03 1943-03
Edition: London edition - "Small Box" - Brown - War Time Production - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1943/1947
Dimensions of the box: 16.2 x 19.5 x 3.2 cm

Except for the different colored paper used for the box, this edition is identical in all aspects with the blue grey edition.


The property deeds of the Old Kent Road, Whitechapel, Mayfair and Park Lane have the same interrupted border lines as shown with the Deluxe Gold edition of 1936 and so it confirms this to be typical for the by John Sands made editions.

This is the little paper of his set telling what "war-time production" implies.

The end of the Rules of this edition states: "Questions on Monopoly will be answered gladly by the manufacturers. Please enclose 2d.stamp."



1943-04
Edition: London edition - "Long Box" - Brown - War Time Production - Pat.app.for No.3796-36
Publisher: John Sands Pty. Ltd./John Waddington - Leeds - ±1943/1947
Dimensions of the box: 27.0 x 51.4 x 4.8 cm

An interesting note, all Australian War Time editions have the same Pat.app.for No.3796-36 on the box, while the British versions already had the Patent No. 453689.


It is very interesting to see John Sands even made a simple version of the long box editions like the above mentioned "long box black" and "Deluxe Gold edition". The innerbox is also divided into a "banker's section" plus two filling pieces. However the materials used are much poorer, like the same brown paper for the box as from the "Small box", grey and blue green paper for the filling pieces and the board's back side. However, the green banker's tray has a lid.

The Chance cards are pink and the Community Chest cards are grey blue.

The seven banknotes are printed in black on slightly coloured paper (except for the red 5 and 500 notes). The denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500.

The houses and hotels are made of wood.

The end of the Rules of this edition states: "Questions on Monopoly will be answered gladly by the manufacturers. Please enclose 2d.stamp."