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Vintage Bingo Cage with Bakelite Handle c.1930-1950



This is a silver metal bingo cage with red Bakelite handle, 72 wooden balls and pewter ball basket. Turn the handle and the ball drops into the basket and slides down the shoot.

  • CREATOR Unknown.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930-1950.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Metal, Wood, Bakelite.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 10.5 in. W 12 in. D 14 in.


The game was popularized by Edwin Lowe. While at a traveling carnival near Atlanta in December 1929 the toy merchandiser saw people eagerly playing a game called "Beano". The origin of the name "Bingo" is unknown but may date to the middle 1920s. There are claims that one of the Lowe's f so excited to have won that she yelled out "Bingo" instead of "Beano," or that the word echoes the sound of a bell.

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