It was the great depression and not surprisingly the early success of this toy had as much to do with gaining a fortune as it did with losing one. It's 1935 and topping the wish list is the most popular board game of all time, Monopoly.
Monopoly was created by Charles Darrow in 1933. Although some claim it was an updated version of the game "The Landlords" by Lizzie Magie. Charles had already sold a few copies of the game to friends before he took it to Parker Brothers. Incredibly, Parker Brothers rejected the idea citing 52 design flaws in the game.
Undaunted Charles decided to roll the dice on his own and commissioned a local printer to make 5000 copies of his game. One year later Charles's homemade Monopoly games were selling so well at a store in Philadelphia that Parker Brothers quickly changed their tune offering to purchase the rights to the game for an undisclosed, but presumably large amount.
When Parker Brothers later released the game nationwide it sold more than 20,000 sets in just one week. The rest is history.
Today, a 10 year old can own a railway, you can send your best friend to jail, and you can laugh with glee as you bankrupt your wife. In 1935, monopoly was at the top of everyone's wish list.