French kids in the 1800s learned to gamble with miniature lottery wheels

Take a gander at these antique “loteries parisiennes”:

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“Loterie Parisienne”, photo courtesy of Theriault’s

Inspired by a popular game at French carnivals or “fêtes foraines”, miniature lottery sets remained popular through much of the 19th century.

 

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Photo courtesy of Theriault’s
Photo courtesy of Theriault’s
Photo courtesy of Theriault’s

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The games included prizes such as dolls, figurines, miniature cars, various dollhouse furniture, and other tiny curiosities.

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Photo courtesy of Theriault’s
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Photo courtesy of Theriault’s
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A just-sold “Loterie Parisienne” from Ruby Lane
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Photo courtesy of Theriault’s

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Photo courtesy of Theriault’s

For comparison, here’s an old photograph of the real-life version:

In 1912, a Paris orphanage held a raffle to raise money. It wouldn't be that weird -- if the prizes weren't live babies.

 

Haha. Yes, a Parisian orphanage really did hold a raffle for babies… Different times, folks.

 

Lead image from Theriault’s

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