The History of Punchboards

The original punchboards were wooden and made their debut in taverns back in the 1790’s. Players paid a fee, selected a silver circle on the board and punched their choice with a simple punching device. If the punched out slip contained a winning number or symbol, the player won food, drink, or a special prize.

In the 1870’s, punchboards began appearing in their present cardboard form. In 1913, with the first mass printing of the boards, they began flooding the country. They reached their peak of popularity in 1939 and could be found in bars, restaurants, drugstores, and barber shops.

The History of Calendars

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have kept track of time by the moon, the stars, and the sun.

In Africa and Europe, archeologists have found notched bones – used to record moon phases.

Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, Babylonians worshipped the moon. Months began and ended with the full moon. At the full moon, the half moon, and the new moon, they would take a day off from work to rest and worship. This meant that a holy day (holiday) would occur about every 7 days. The Babylonians called this day “Sappatu”. The Babylonians had Jewish slaves who called this day the Sabbath. Eventually, every week became 7 days because 7 became an important number: some considered it magic or mystical. This is because astronomers had found 7 planets in the night sky (the word planet means “wanders the universe”). The planets were thought to be (or represent) the gods and each day of the week was named after the planets.


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