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OLD TOYS AND GAMES – WHIRLIGIGS


WHIRLIGIGS or BUZZERS
 Simple whirling toys were mentioned in English literature in 1686, and were probably as popular in early America as they were in Europe. Similar toys have also been found in Native American cliff ruins, indicating the toy’s antiquity in North America. One can imagine this toy amusing children from colonial times right through the westward migrations, and … Continue reading


OLD TOYS AND GAMES – CUP AND BALL / BILBO CATCHER


Cup-and-ball (or ball in a cup) is a traditional child’s toy. It is a wooden cup with a handle, and a small ball attached to the cup by a string.

The game was loved by King Henry III of France; he was often seen playing in public. After his death, the game went out of fashion. For 100 years the … Continue reading


OLD TOYS AND GAMES – GRACES


‘Graces’ The traditional American game of Graces, also known as ‘French Hoops’ or ‘The Flying Circle’, is an historic outdoor game, primarily designed to develop feminine grace. At one time, ‘Graces’ was also considered an acceptable boys activity. Young ladies were encouraged to play this historic game outdoors and to keep score. Young gentlemen were encouraged to play this game … Continue reading


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