Warehouse Find! Never-used vintage 1940s punchboard in excellent condition! These were found in shops and bars and used as trade stimulators. A customer would pay a a small price to punch a hole, hoping to win a prize. This particular punchboard is called "Midget Ben" and is priced 25 cents per punch.
While some boards offered small prizes like cigarettes or candy, this one paid off in cash. Inside the holes are tiny slips of paper with numbers printed on them. If the paper had one of the winning numbers shown on the advertising portion of the punchboard, they won a $1.00 or $5.00. This punchboard is very well preserved and no holes have been punched. In fact, the metal punch piece is still sealed in the the back.
It measures 9 1/2" long by 6 3/8" high by 3/4" thick. It displays wonderfully and is a cool, old, gambling piece! A nice deal for just $20! Great Art Deco look and vivid colors with only very minor wear from decades of storage. You won't be disappointed!
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