Tuesday, September 7, 2010

March 26, 1953: How many marbles?


What use would a kid have for that many marbles? Could we project that they are to 50s schoolyards as cigarettes are to prison inmates?

I'll admit, as a kid I had a bit of a marble collection. I never played the game though; I just thought they were neat. I don't really know if anyone still plays marbles anymore.


  1. I really like Charlie Brown's look of abject disgust in the second panel.

  2. I think I played marbles once, as a kid in the early '70s. It wasn't a popular thing even then, and though there is still a competitive marble tournament held yearly in Wildwood, NJ, I don't know of any kids playing the game today. Marbles is a game best played outside... and what kids play outside these days? The fact that marbles are a choking hazard for very young children doesn't help their cause either.