udy Callahan: I was looking for someone that played “Potsy’. Have you learned anything more about how to play? I am putting together a book of GRandma’s Games for the young people to get them into activities that will give tham an opportunity to get some exersize and interact with their peers. I played it as an elementary student and it was my favorite game of marbles.
I just finished telling a story about the game to my goddaugter and her cousin. They had a hopscotch board drawn on the driveway. I tried a search for this game many years ago but no luck because I wasn’t sure about the real name. I got lucky today by searching for street games. I thought we used to call it scalesies or loadies. It was painted in most of the project parks. I played all over TAFT, and Foster projects when I was a kid. I lived right in 1694 Madison Ave. I used to go to different bodegas just to find multi-colored poker chips to make caps. I used bubble gum after chewing out all of the sugar. My nickname was Howslinger
I used to play Potsy in about the 3rd grade – a long time ago – on the playground. We would dig one hole in the center and 4 holes on the corners, probably 2 feet apart. I don’t remember the rules and would really like to know so I can teach my grandchildren. I was really good and used to win the boy’s marbles all the time! Thanks to anyone that can help me. Judy
I grew up in the South Beach projects on Staten Island in the 70’s. We played skully every single summer day. Got soda bottle caps with the crowns, melted our crayolas with matches or on the radiators in our buildings (pronounced rad E a tors, not raid). We always put pennies in the bottom for weight and because we grew up in the projects the skully board was actually official and painted (just like the hopscotch board). Growing up in NYC during this time was just phenomenal, we played what we called “caw, caw A ringalerio” every summer night. I have not heard anyone else call this “caw, caw” which is what we called it for short, anyone else ever hear it referred to like that? Live in California now and feel bad for kids growing up now without all these fantastic city games – anyone remember “errors” or “assball”. We were quite inventive! Thanks for the memories, Mary Finn
The game described as Hop Scotch we called Potsie. We played Hop Scotch on a grid of six boxes one above the other. Each box was the width of a sidewalk box. The idea was the same as Hop Scotch, but you had to hop the whole course. (No two feet down at any time). You turned around in the home box still hopping and picked up your “potsie” on the way back.
That sounds like a fun one! I’ve never heard of anything like that one. I need help remembering the layout of one. It was made up of 10 squares – like an enclosed tic-tac-toe board with an extra square on the top right hand side. The squares were numbered 10-20 and so on through 100. I remember that 10 was the center square and 20 was top left, with 100 as the extra square. Can anyone help me with this – i’d like to teach it to my daughter!!