It was in the Forties. Me and two brother that lived near me used to play marbles all day. We lived in a court in Hollywood, and there was no area to play in. On the corner was a Mama-Papa grocerie store with about a 3 foot dirt area (parkway). We would score a circle, anti up a few marbles in the center, and take turns trying to shoot them out of the circle with a shooter marble (usually our most favorite). We also dig small holes in the parkway and shoot marbles to the holes, as in golf. We would usually play untill the the two brothers would fight, accusing each other of cheating. But we had fun.
Original author: Dan Waingrow [e-mail]