Bingo, the famous paper game can be traced back to a lottery game called “Il Giuoco del Lotto d’ Italia” played in Italy in c.1530. In the nineteenth century, Bingo was widely used in Germany for educational purposes to teach children spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables. The game was involved…
Hugh J. Ward standardized the modern game called Beano then, at carnivals in and around the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania areas in the early 1920s.
The game was further popularized when at a traveling carnival near Atlanta in December 1929, toy merchandiser Edwin Lowe noticed how engaged the players were of a Beano game using Ward’s rules and dried beans, a rubber stamp, and cardboard sheets.
It was the 1st of December, 1929.
His friends loved the game. One theory on the origin of the name is that one of his players made bingo history when he was so excited to have won that he yelled out “Bingo” instead of “Beano”. The Lowe produced Bingo Game with two versions; the first a 12-card set for $1.00, the second a $2.00 set with 24 cards. Bingo was a wild success. By the 1940s Bingo games were all over the country. Lowe had many competitors he requested that they pay $1.00 a year to conduct the games and to use the name Bingo!
Some paper ideas from the same date from the past!
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