I found another Bingo game at the sale this past weekend. When I went to put it away with rest of my Bingo games, I realized how many I had. Like pipe cleaners I have trouble passing them by.
I have a stash of them. Sometimes the boxes are in such poor condition that I don't keep them, just the cards. Sometimes I find just a stack of cards. I do like the old boxes tho.
Other sets had fancy little bingo selectors. The red selectors have a wheel you would crank and the bingo number to call out would pop out into a little opening.
I like sets that are still tidy in the box when you find them. This set had a shaker box instead of selector or spinner to help determine the number to call.
Much of my stash lives in this metal file drawer.
When the game reached North America in 1929, it became known as "beano". It was first played at a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia. New York toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe renamed it "bingo" after he overheard someone accidentally yell "bingo" instead of "beano". He hired a Columbia University math professor, Carl Leffler, to help him increase the number of combinations in bingo cards. By 1930, Leffler had invented 6,000 different bingo cards. [It is said that Leffler then went insane.]
A Catholic priest from Pennsylvania approached Lowe about using bingo as a means of raising church funds. When bingo started being played in churches it became increasingly popular. By 1934, an estimated 10,000 bingo games were played weekly, and today more than $90 million dollars are spent on bingo each week in North America alone.