Featured from The Strong: Bingo!


Women playing bingo, photograph, about 1970, courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.

At fast-paced, frenetic bingo nights, players track multiple cards and indulge in superstitions to coax a win. The iconic game of chance originated with the 16th-century Italian game of lotto and arrived in the United States as a carnival attraction called beano. Edwin S. Lowe (who went on to publish Yahtzee) picked up on the trend and began manufacturing bingo boards in the early 1930s.

Do good-luck charms have a place at your gaming table? In her latest Play Stuff blog post, Tara Winner, The Strong's cataloger, explores the trappings, trinkets, and traditions of a popular gambling pastime.

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