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Boys Playing Marbles in Chicago, 1914

Boys Playing MarblesHere are a group of boys playing marbles in Chicago, Illinois, in 1914. Looks to be a cold day. No doubt somebody lost some old favorite marbles and somebody won some new favorite marbles.

I'm always amazed when I see these old photos that vintage marbles from these periods still survive in mint condition.

This image courtesy of the amazing American Memory collection from the Library of Congress.

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100 years ago the most expensive marble was the genuine agate, or 'realer'; it took the most labor to create and also made the best shooter due to its hardness, roundness and weight.