What is a Punch Board?
term "punchboard" (or in some cases "punch board",
"push board", "punchcard", or "push card")
refers to a gambling device popular in the United States from roughly 1900
Punchboards were particularly popular during the 1930's,
1940's and 1950's. Although they are illegal to operate in many states,
you can still find punchboards being played today in some areas of the
country, particularly as fund-raisers for clubs and organizations.
Punchboards are also beginning to gain popularity in countries outside the
A punchboard generally consists of a square piece of wood or cardboard
in which hundreds or thousands of holes have been drilled, and filled with
slips of rolled or folded paper. Each slip of paper has a number or
combination of symbols printed on it. The holes are covered with a foil or
paper seal, which protects the corresponding slips. Punchboards usually
have a chart listing the combinations of numbers or symbols that are
considered winners, along with the prizes or cash amounts that will be
awarded to the winners.
Typical board construction is of laminated cardboard built up to a
thickness of 5/8 to 1 inch with a series of holes drilled thru the board
to accommodate the folded up set of paper slips. Some Punchboards use a separate
payout card with jackpot seals or a separate payout board.
Here's how the game works: A player pays the punchboard's operator a
set amount of money (usually a nickel, dime or quarter) for a chance to
use a metal stylus (or "punch") to break the seal on the hole of
his choice, and "punch" one of the slips of paper out of the
board. If the number or symbols found on the slip of paper matches one of
the pre-determined winning combinations, the player is awarded the
Punchboards normally feature cash prizes, although they have also been
used to advertise everything from shoe polish to Coca-Cola.
What is a Punchboard is from: www.punchboard.com.