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Boston Marbles: 1920

Boston Marbles: 1920

Boston circa 1920. "Marble contest on Boston Common." With a sizable gallery, considering the sport. 4x5 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.


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This fellow stands out in more ways than one: he's in an awfully big hurry for someone watching a marbles competition, and his suit appears to be the darkest thing in the photo (or at least close).

He's obviously the Devil, who always plays for keepsies, but why he's in such a rush is beyond me.

The world rolled differently then

One could be "playing for fair" or "playing for keeps" and have a whole bag of "keepsies." Then you have to be "lagging" and perhaps with some great shooting you would be "taw." "Knuckle down," do some "bombsies" and some "plunking."

Sorry, that's all the marble-speak I know.

Sizable indeed

This was right around the time that mass manufacturing of marbles became practical:

        The decade that spanned the late 1920s and 1930s is referred to by collectors as the Golden Age of Marbles. On gets a sense of how popular marbles were when one notes that West Virginia companies such as Master Marble, Vitro Agate, Alox Manufacturing and Champion Agate went into business and made a profit during a time in America when thousands of other businesses failed. --

Multiple Shooters

Not just a gallery, but multiple photographers from top to bottom!

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