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Ringloto game set

Contributed by Nick Sherman on Jul 26th, 2020. Artwork published in .
    Ringloto game set 1
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    Ringloto is a toy roulette game, produced in Soviet-era Estonia by the Norma manufacturing company. There were different editions of the game with several variations on the design and typography, but (as far as I can tell) the images shown here mostly match the design of a version produced in 1983.

    The outer box features Microgramma set on a circle in both Latin and Cyrillic, for readers of Estonian and Russian, respectively. The instruction booklet’s cover has a similar circular arrangement but with Frankfurter. The instructions are printed in both Estonian and Russian languages, making use of the Latin and Cyrillic components of Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya. A diagram of the playing surface in the booklet mixes small bits and pieces of miscellaneous sans-serifs like Futura, Helvetica, etc. – roughly approximating the actual fold-up plastic surface which is set in Horatio (Letraset’s knockoff of Harry). The roulette spinner uses a narrow sans-serif in the general ballpark of 19th and early-20th century styles like Monotype Grotesque Extra Condensed or other wood type gothics / grotesques, but I haven’t found an exact match yet.

    Ringloto game set 2
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    Ringloto game set 3
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    Ringloto game set 4
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    Ringloto game set 5
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    Ringloto game set 6
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    Ringloto game set 7
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    Ringloto game set 8
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    Ringloto game set 9
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    Ringloto game set 10
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    Ringloto game set 11
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    Ringloto game set 12
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    Typefaces

    • Frankfurter
    • Microgramma
    • Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya
    • Horatio
    • unidentified typeface

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    1 Comment on “Ringloto game set”

    1. Pretty sure I had this as a kid. Nice!

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