Saturday, January 17, 2009
Origins Of The Monopoly Man
He was originally known as Stanley Monopoly, Rich Uncle Pennybags, or Toby. In more recent years he has been rechristened Mr. Monopoly. The artist who created the character is a mystery, most likely a gun for hire by Parker Brothers. Author and Historian Philip Orbanes believes the character is based upon “Little Esky” from Esquire Magazine, or perhaps the calling cards of Parker Brothers traveling salesman Albert Richardson. Orbanes also believes that the character is partially influenced by the dress and stature of banker and financier J.P. Morgan.