I grew up in Long Island City, Queens in the Ravenswood Projects 1960’s. We played “skezie” religiously every day in the summer and after school. I have vivid memories of playing the game with my friends. I had patches on patches on my dungarees. We used beer or soda caps mostly and we didn’t have twist off’s back then. I remember melting crayola crayons into the bottle cap as we tried to come up with what we thought were cool designs. A few of the kids would use heinz ketchup bottle caps or baby food jar lids – we called those kids fagots. The kids across the street called the game skully. I have taught my 11 year old twins to play the game – but they just don’t appreciate it.
As a child I lived in the Canarsie area in Brooklyn. We played skully in the street with bottle caps that were filled with melted crayons or candle wax. Some of the fillers in the bottle caps were so cool, we wouldn’t even play with them. Started a collection. I used to put a penny in the bottom of the cap and then cover it with crayon and melt the crayon. It gave more weight to the cap, so it traveled a straight path. It was also helpful when we played games when “Blasties” were allowed, because when they hit the unweighted caps it would cause the lighter cap to go flying off the board. You could become a “killer” even before the other kid got back to the board. Sadly, I now live in Phoenix where it will be 116 degrees today and the ground is so hot it would melt the crayons in the caps…
I grew up in Richmond Hill NY, playing skelly every day, come summer time in Smokey Park in the early 70’s. I remember using crayons and the rim of the glass beer bottle to make a skelly cap, but there was one more way of doing it that was my favorite. We’d take a twist off beer cap, find a plastic soda cap, and some small pieces of glass for weight. I’d dig the plastic insert piece out of the soda cap. The glass went inside the beer bottle cap and the plastic piece was fitted in side the beer bottle cap, over the glass upside down, to hold the glass in place.I remember always giving the new cap a real good rubbing on the ground to roughen it up. I was a good shooter and didnt want it flying anywhere I didnt want it to. I have taught my kids how to play all the street games I can still remember. Their favorites are: I Declare War, Box Ball, Chinese Hand Ball and Stoop ball and Red Rover.
I grew up in the bronx 60’s and 70’s…158th st between 3rd ave and elton. ave and skelsies was a game we would play all day. We used to take the bottom off of chairs in school and used crayon wax to fill our tops….we would have differend sizes and all would be filled with your special color…Its funny im 48 and remember filling mine with yellow…… remember: hit a killa be a killa….
Always thought Skelly was a Whitestone, Queens game. Throughout the ’60’s I played just about every morning with my friends at PS 209, Clearview’s neighborhood elementary school. Great fun! We all bickered over whether candle wax or melted crayons was better fill for our bottle caps (soda bottles).
>>>> Hi Steve… I was playing Skellies up in the Bronx (Tremont & Fordham Rd areas) in the late 1960’s through the late 1970’s. If I had known about prescription caps back then, I would have been the undisputed KING OF SKELLIES. Here I am thinking I was doing my thing with the metal caps (taken from the bottom of the chairs in elementary school) with wax, the penny and the whole nine. Next time I will remember. Joe Bronx, NY<<<<<< That’s how I did it, the silver metal caps from the bottom of school chairs, with melted crayons.My chair/desk would be missing 4 caps after the first week of school. LOL
I grew up in West Baltimore and my friends and I played skully, especailly during the summer, almost everyday. This was during the 70s. We used for caps the tops from the plastic gallon milk jugs and the tops from certain liquor bottles, which we mainly found in alleys. The tops were made out of a sturdy plastic, which allowed us to melt the crayons and candles wax right into the caps. Also during heat waves, we would dig up asphalt from the streets and rooftops to fill in the caps.
I grew up in Brooklyn during the 60’s and 70’s. Skelly was a daily routine. My favorite caps were made with Crayola crayons (melted them right in my mothers frying pan (yikes). Once my older sister helped create a cap made with wax that looked like a target! It was the coolest cap ever.
Bottle cap art. When I was younger, twist-off caps were just starting to be seen but no skelsie player would ever be caught dead using one. They were too, light, tall, whatever. They just weren’t used. Crimp-crown caps were the cap of choice. If fact, caps with a cork liner were prefered to those with the new-fangled plastic liner. The cork liner had to be dug out with a can opener or screw driver. If you were good (lucky) the liner would come out in one piece. The cap was then delicatly balanced on the burner of your stove (I think I was in my twenties before I saw an electric stove) and heated. Various pieces of wax crayons (Crayola, anything else was crap) were then added and allowed to melt. The skill was in selecting and mixing the colors to arrive at an eyepleasing design, something like a spin-art picture. Crayon added near the end remained the most vivid but the best caps were made by letting the melted crayon boil and convex. The cap was then taken off the heat and floated in a shallow pan of water to set the design. If the cap sunk you were left with a 3-D wax sculpture, pretty to look at but not playable. About two thirds of the time the colors would just run together. The resulting cap would be fine for playing but not much to look at. Every once in a while, though, you’d get a real work of art.
I grew up in the East New York section of Brooklyn in the 1950’s. Remembered Playing skelly outside on the sidewalk in front of the blvd projects. We made skelly caps from soda caps with the cork still in it. While the crayon wax was still wet we would put a charm that would come out of a gumball machine in it. Loved the game .