Caught Our Eyes: Games on the Go

Clearly the ladies below are determined to get in their game of Mah-Jongg! A photographer for the National Photo Company snapped a photo of this inventive method of taking a game on the go while still enjoying a cooling dip in the water:

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Mah-Jong at bathing beach. Photo by National Photo Company, 1924 June 20. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.11609

[New York City - children on the street: boys playing checkers in the street] Photo by Bain News Service, between 1908 and 1915. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b18583

A recent blog post about board games focused on the games themselves, so it seems fitting to turn to images of people playing games. As shown by the bathing beauties above, it sometimes requires a bit of ingenuity to take a game on the road.

This group of young boys in a Bain News Service photograph only needed a piece of chalk and their game pieces to create their impromptu game of checkers on a New York City sidewalk. All the world’s a gameboard, it would seem!

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2 Comments

  1. deborah Shaw
    May 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Another WONDERFUL leisure/game blog. I need to interview regarding my senior seminar on culture and board games. Also you must take on of my Uncle Arthur M. Dritz games for the LOC. His did games for Vitaplay, American Toy Works and Disney Enterprises.

    I will call you. You are my hero!

    Best,

    Deb Shaw

  2. John Roe
    May 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This is great.

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