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OLD TOYS AND GAMES – MARBLES


MARBLES

The Marble might have originated in Pakistan near the river Indus. Various marbles of stone were found on excavation there. Marbles are also often mentioned in Roman literature, and there are many examples of marbles from ancient Egypt. They were commonly made of clay, stone or glass. Clay balls have also been found in Native American burial grounds and … Continue reading


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


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