From bingo history to travel bingo cards

Bingo is a game that’s been around for centuries, with a surprisingly rich and colorful history that spans several countries and continents. Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia is widely recognized as the earliest incarnation of bingo dating back to the earlier part of the 16th century. In the late 18th century, French aristocrats played a different version of the game simply named Le Lotto. German teachers in the 19th century devised a purely educational form of bingo to help students learn their arithmetic, spelling, and history. The modern-day incarnation of bingo as it is played today emerged after the game eventually made its way to North America in 1929, where it was originally known as “beano”. After hearing a player accidentally shout “bingo” instead of “beano”, legendary toymaker and game entrepreneur Edwin S. Lowe renamed and eventually popularized the game into its present form. 

These days, bingo is enjoyed by people from all walks of life across the globe. September 2011 figures released by the U.K. Gambling Commission confirm that bingo has grown into an impressively lucrative industry worth around £1.3 billion. Moreover, bingo players in the U.K. have embraced the accessibility and convenience of online bingo. It’s not uncommon for online bingo companies in the U.K. to utilize TV ads that display a fair bit of wackiness. The infamous Iceland Bingo TV ad features two dejected ducks who eventually cheer up when they are invited to a particularly boisterous party inside an Iceland Foods outlet. 

travelbingoprintable1The versatility and simplicity of a bingo card makes it a fantastic platform for all sorts of variations. The numbers in a bingo card can easily be replaced with words, phrases, or images to suit one’s preferences. Liz Stanley of the Say Yes arts and crafts blog created her own printable Travel Bingo card adorned with pencil-drawn and watercolor-painted illustrations. Meanwhile, quirky gift product purveyor Knock Knock currently offers what they call Road Trip Bingo cards with punch-through icons depicting a bridge, satellite dish, motorcycle, billboard, and other sights on the road. 

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3 Thoughts on “A Look at the Connections Between Traveling and Bingo

  1. Who knew that Bingo dates all the way back to the 16th century?! It’s fascinating that a seemingly little game has played such a big role in so many different countries and cultures.
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  2. What a Great blog!

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