It's always nice to know where your money's going, even if that money is fictional paper bills used in the beloved board game, Monopoly.
A photographer named Nick Carr recently toured Atlantic City, New Jersey, snapping photos of the real life locations upon which Monopoly properties like "Mediterranean Avenue" and "Boardwalk" are based. He ventured to the more affordable spots ($2) as well as the pricey streets ($50!), capturing photographs that show what those pesky, multicolored houses and hotels actually look like.
"Whenever I played Monopoly as a kid, I used to love imagining what the game’s city would look like in real life," Carr writes on his website, Scouting New York. "I remember thinking of Mediterranean and Baltic as being these short, run-down alleys a la 'West Side Story,' while Pennsylvania Ave and the other greens as Fifth Avenue-style apartment buildings."
According to Carr, the Atlantic City-based street names in Monopoly can be traced back to a woman named Ruth Hoskins. Hoskins originally learned a game similar to Monopoly while in Indianapolis, and when she moved to New Jersey in 1929, she decided to devise her own version of the game involving streets where her friends lived. Other Monopoly origin stories cite "Atlantic City Quakers" as the individuals responsible for adding NJ-themed locales to the game originally created in 1903 by Lizzie Magie.
Scroll through a selection of IRL Monopoly images below and head over to Carr's website for the entire series. Let us know your thoughts on the photos in the comments.