Article: I Remember Marbles: great memories

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By Sharon Brown on September 12, 2010

I was quite competitive when I was growing up, still am, actually. I didn't really enjoy games that I knew I could never win. Most of the kids were bigger than I was, so I stuck with games where size didn't matter. I loved to play marbles, and sometimes I could even beat the big kids.

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Sep 12, 2010 5:54 PM CST
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
I also loved playing with marbles as a tomboy in my childhood years! I think we drew a circle in the dirt and shot at the marbles in the middle. At one time I think I had a bag of about 300 marbles! Sadly when we moved from Michigan to Arizona the movers stole that bag of marbles and all my comics! What great antiques they would be now! Always sad about losing those. We did find a jar of old marbles in an antique store a few years back that I bought plus DH surprised me with some really old ones as a gift that he found in another antique store. Todays marbles do not look quite the same as those old ones. Thanks for bringing back some great memories! Linda Thumbs up
Sep 12, 2010 6:02 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Hello Linda,

We did the ring in the dirt with marbles in the middle, too, but my favorite was with the holes. I'm not even sure why.

Marbles aren't the same. I'd like to have my old ones back. They were so pretty.

Thanks for sharing your memories, too, and good for your husband!
Sep 13, 2010 1:53 PM CST
Name: Trisha
Washington State
You can do almost anything for 15 m
Oh Thumbs up Yes, my favorites were the tiny and the extra large Cateyes, and of course our precious Steelies
It is never too late to be
What you might have been.
~George Eliot
Sep 13, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Brought back lots of memories. I LOVED playing marbles when I was young. I do remember the boy that lived 3 houses down was a bully though and he stole one of my cat eyes and my big sister had a "confrontation" with Billy the bully about that and I got my cat eye back Smiling

We didn't have television until the autumn after my 10th birthday Big Grin Which is probably why I'm such an avid reader today because I read a lot, played hopscotch, ball and jacks, etc.

Here's a picture of all I have left in a little depression glass sugar bowl:

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Sep 13, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
I love that picture, Vicki ! Hurray!
Sep 13, 2010 4:17 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Thank you Smiling

I've been reading Sharon's other responses and I can so relate.

I was a tree climber. I would climb waaaaaaay up high.

There must have been lots of marble players on this property because everyone once in awhile, my husband will turn one over and I have too. He'll bring it and wash it up and add it my stash.
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Sep 13, 2010 4:19 PM CST
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
How fun to find buried marbles!! I used to climb our apple tree that was in the front yard. Loved that tree. Never went very high however. lol
Sep 13, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
"I climbed so high
I could reach the sky
And never came back
Till the 4th of July."

Don't ask, I don't have a clue who said that. I'm pretty sure I didn't make it up, though.

Great photo, vic. I wish I had my old marbles, but they are lost to time and distance. I think I need to visit some antique/junk places now that I'm thinking of them again.

It's great to hear from you all, Trisha, I had tons of cats eyes. And steel balls (steelies..)
Lots of fun memories.
Sep 15, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Memories! I remember the bag I carried my marbles in, the weight and the sound. I still have a few but not my favorite. Blessed be the parents who realize the sentimental value of things like that and have the space to save them for a 30 year old child.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
Sep 15, 2010 9:43 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Yes, Susie, exactly!

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