Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hold Your Cards! BINGO at St. Mary's in 1961

May 26, 1961 ad in the Erie Morning News.

Hold Your Cards! B-I-N-G-O at St. Mary's Every Fri. and Sat. Night!

Get out your daubers and your lucky charms and set 'em up. It's time for B-I-N-G-O! St. Mary's auditorium was packed to the rafters every Friday and Saturday night in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties. People were crammed into the auditorium, on the stage, in the hallway leading to the school and in the school itself. 

Women had bingo cards spread across the table in front of them. Some would play more than a dozen cards at a time, covering the numbers with red or green ink from a dauber, or vintage translucent red bingo chips. A cloud of cigarette smoke hung in the air.

The kitchen served burgers, fries, pop, slices of pies and scoops of ice cream. Chances are pretty good that someone in your family played bingo at St. Mary's on East 10th and German in Erie, Pennsylvania at least once a week. Busses brought loads of people from throughout the region to play here.

Enjoy more fun facts and old photos of Erie, Pennsylvania at Old time Erie

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