Marbles; An Appreciation Through Art

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"Game of Marbles" by Karl Witkowski American circa 1900 

I played a lot of marbles when I was a kid. In fact, I had a case of "marble thumb," a term I made up to describe why the cuticle on my shooter thumb was so pushed back.  Marbles was a beautiful game in its simplicity,  the elegance of its play pattern and the fanciful design of its elements.  Here are how some artists expressed the game's beauty.

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"Children Playing Marbles" by French unknown artist 19th century

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"Boy Playing Marlbes" David Gilmour Blythe American 1858

 

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 A Game of Marbles Paul Charles Chocane-Moreau French circa 1900

 

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