1938 - 1941 - The Start of World War II (UK)

UK 1938

Mini box - with separate board (1) Trade Mark - Patent No. 453689

Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1938
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm / Dimensions of the board: 49 x 49 cm

Most likely the patent was granted soon. because sets before the war still appeared with the Patent No. 453689.


Despite the patent was granted the banknotes still show the mention "pat. app. for no. 3796-36".


Features of this edition are:

  • The height of the box is 33 mm.
  • The stations are of L.N.E.R.
  • The Chance cards are entirely red, the Community Chest cards are entirely yellow.
  • For an answer on questions to the works "Please enclose 1½d. stamp".
  • In the circle on the banknotes is under the large number mentioned "pat. app. for no. 3796-36".
  • The banknotes are in the denominations of: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
  • The 6 tokens are of metal and are resp.: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and thimble.
  • The houses and hotels are of dull wood.


UK 1941

Mini box - with separate board (1a) Trade Mark - Patent No. 453689

Publisher: John Waddington Ltd. - ±1941
Dimensions of the box: 16.1 x 19.2 x 3.3 cm / Dimensions of the board: 49 x 49 cm

Whilst most sets have normal coloured bars, this edition can best be referred to as "the error set", because the very striking point is the absence of the green bar on the title deeds of the properties Regent Street, Oxford Street and Bond Street. (See also chapter "Print Errors and Production Mistakes").


Features of this edition are:

  • The height of the box is still 33 mm.
  • The image on the lid shows the patent number, as well as the Rules sheet.
  • The banknotes have still the "pat. app. for no. 3796-36"".
  • The deed cards have at least one side serrated with 48 round perforation holes.
  • The Chance Cards are entirely dull pink, the Community Chest Cards are entirely yellow.
  • For an answer on questions to the works "Please enclose 1½d. stamp".
  • The banknotes are in the denominations of: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
  • The internal cardboard dividers and support platform are white.
  • The tokens are flat cardboard figures on a foot of black timber. The figures are: hat - iron - car - boat - shoe and rocking-horse.
  • The houses and hotels are of dull wood.
  • Two small wood dice, but no spinner.