The Origins of Monopoly’s Iconic Playing Pieces

Ever wonder how such random items as a shoe, thimble, wheelbarrow and battleship became the playing pieces of possibly the most iconic board game in history? According to Cool Material, their origins date back to the 1930s, when Monopoly inventor (and probable idea thief) Charles Darrow developed the idea to use small items from around the house to use in his new board game. His niece recommended using charms from a bracelet, and ever since, the game has been sold with the lineup of miniature, metallic pieces—some retired and some brand new. Read more at Cool Material.