A set of 24 lithographed cards from the French lotto game "La Géographie - Loto Géographique", likely designed by Bernard Coudert and lithographed by Jannin, with cards related to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, each card containing the name of a specific region or country, a landscape view with caption, two regional male and female figures in traditional dress, and five lottery numbers. Some minor soiling, bumping to edges. 4 3/4 by 8 inches. Loose. N.p. (Paris/Bussiere or Narcon) n.d. (circa 1870). The game of "lotto" has more in common with what we today think of as bingo than with a modern lottery system. The history of the game can be traced back to 1530 and the invention of an Italian game called "Lo Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia". The game was introduced to France in the 1770s and Germany in the 1800s. In the 19th century it was often used as a child's educational game to help students learn math, spelling, history, or in the case of these cards, geography. (Inventory #: 48468)
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