A teetotum, also called a spinner, was like a spinning top used instead of dice in early games. It's the thing that looks like a marshmallow on a toothpick in the above image.
Join me at Heroes, Heroines, and History as I blog about some interesting facts about this precursor of today's board game spinner.
I've always loved puzzles, including puzzles made with blocks, and I've played with my share of animal and farm scenes, but cube puzzles like the one pictured above is exquisite for decor as well as play.
If you haven't guessed, Block or Cube Puzzles is my posting topic over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog. Hope to see you there.
Did you know that the puzzles we call jigsaw or interlocking puzzles are mentioned in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park? I didn't make the connection until I researched them for my history post Dissected Puzzles in Jane Austen's World for the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog.
If you like jigsaw puzzles, join me as I delve into the history and creation of one of my favorite pastimes which has been a lot longer than I ever imagined.
See the children in the above stereograph? Are they playing caroms like the caption questions?
I don't think so.
Join me for Caroms and Crokinole as I continue my board game series on the Heroes, Heroines and History blog with images and ephemera to support my theory that the children are actually playing a hardy game of crokinole.
What do you think?
I've covered Geographical Board Games and Virtue Board Games, but as the 19th century progressed, people pursed wealth and success along with happiness and virtue.
If you like board games, join me at Heroes, Heroines, and History where I bring you the story of the Game of Life, one of the most successful board games of all time.
I'm carrying on with my board game theme with the topic of virtue, or morality, games over on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog.
Of this theme, the most famous is the Snakes and Ladders game where my research led me to several versions including winter-themed and a Christmas version.
You can find it all on my HHH post, Virtue Board Games.
We're talking board games over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog and my post this month is all about geographical or map games from the 19th century.
These games are fun and educational and just the thing for kids and adults with too much time on their hands.
Join us and see how you can get your hands on one.
The woman in the above image is playing her violin while standing on a giant lily pad. Sound incredible? It's not. The leaves of the Victoria regia can grow up to 8 feet across depending on conditions. With a fascinating underside that allows it to support weight, many historical images show people standing or sitting on the giant leaves.
If you're interested in learning more, and seeing historical images about this wonderful plant that grows in the wilds of South America and many of the world's botanical gardens, check out my post on the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog.
With Valentine's Day coming up I'm showing three pieces of Valentine ephemera including picture and word puzzles.
And keeping with the topic, I'm giving away a print copy of The Secret Admirer Romance Collection which contains 9 novellas, including my love note story, Love in Store. (Bookmark in the right column shows the book and love notes.)
So head on over to the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog and get yourself entered for the giveaway by leaving a comment before midnight, Feb 5th.