Monopol: American-Israeli Gamesmanship
Monopol (Ramat-Gan: Hagal-Hachadash, 1972) 15 x 9.5 x 2 inch. Some light foxing to property cards, else a fine, unused set in original box, with the game pieces still sealed, the snap-apart pieces intact in their grid, and the “surprise cards” uncut.
A variant on the Parker Brothers game, with a distinctively Israeli flavor. The board features such cities as Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Ashkelon, and Beer Sheba. The Surprise cards (analogous to the American version’s Chance cards) include such parochial situations as “You served in the Israel Army reserves, collect 25.--,” “You have become an old age pensioner and you are entitled from the National Insurance a Pension of 50.--,” and “You inherited from your uncle in the U.S. 100.--” Cards and instructions in both Hebrew and English. An interesting relic of the period following the Six-Day War, when Israel was inundated with the 60,000 North American Jews (including one of the present cataloguer’s cousins) who made aliyah between 1967 and 1973. The name of the company that produced Monopol, Hagal Hachadash (הגל החדש), translates as “new wave.”