Category Archives: Childrens Pastimes

Of Party Games & Cake

How many people have looked into the cost of a child’s birthday party and shaken their heads in despair? First there is the food, (cakes, chocolate, fancy buns etc.), second a magician, third, a bouncy castle, fourth . . . … Continue reading

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One For The Girls

Once again I have delved into the ‘Odhams Book of Childrens Games, Puzzles and Pastimes’ Omnibus for a couple of games. The one here on the right is a simple black and white drawing that involves rescuing  the fair Princess … Continue reading

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Do You Play Cricket?

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a field at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes it in turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the … Continue reading

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A Pack Of Cards

The actual origin and worldwide dissipation of the humble playing card is lost in the mists of time. And the number of games it is possible to devise from a simple bundle of painted cards is quite astonishing. Books upon … Continue reading

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Mountaineering On Paper

This one is quite interesting. It comes from the same 1940’s ‘children’s pastimes’ book from which the photography article came. In this age of 24 hour television, mobile phones, game players and keep-in-constant-contact-with-everybody devices it is hard to imagine this … Continue reading

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How to Take Photographs . . .

Another, as yet unexploited, aspect of the archive are the scrap-books and ‘Childrens Games and Hobbies’ books. In a time before mobiles, gameboys, ipods, ipads and the ubiquitous playstation games consol, children required either organised entertainment (in the form of … Continue reading

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