elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Two Nerdy History Girls have discovered a nineteenth century board game created to teach children morality. To quote: This is the playing board for The NEW GAME of VIRTUE REWARDED and VICE PUNISHED, published in London in 1818. The goal of the game was to teach morality to children, with bad qualities like Sloth, Hypocrisy,
Over at Jane Austen’s World, Vic discusses the history of the jigsaw puzzle At the turn of the 18th century, British companies began to make toys that are still favorites today: toy soldiers, farmyards, wooden building blocks, steam engines, and kaleidoscopes. The toymaking industry began to boom, making mass-produced toys cheap enough to afford. By
In the Victorian era, children, unless they were rich, didn’t have many toys to play with. A lot of them worked, but they still had time to play outdoors (their houses very too small and their families too big to allow them to play inside). They played simple games with whatever they could find and
Have you ever wondered what toys the Ancient Romans had and what games they played? Surprisingly (or maybe not), they are pretty similar to the ones we play with nowadays. Of course, there were no video games, the choice of materials was limited and most children didn’t have a lot of toys to play with