I’m 56 years old and grew up in South Philly.Does anyone remember playing “Dead Box” with bottle caps(beeries). The field of play was the street (little street) or schoolyard where the blocks were numbered 1 to 15 in chalk. If you landed in the box where a skull was drawn you lost 3 turns(I think).After going through the boxes in sequence…someone was always trying to knock your beerie down the street, you had to go in the dead box three times. You shined your beerie on the curb to make it slide better.
In Philly it was called Deadbox, the only rules were you had to wear your best shoes and new pants. This way you were sure to get your mom extra upset. I loved to hear thoses words “Wait until your father comes home”
I just heard about skully for the first time about a week ago talking to a guy who grew up in Brooklyn. In Philly we called it deadbox. I imagine it’s pretty much the same game with boxes 1 to 12 and the deadbox, always decorated with a skull and crossbones. It’s way funny how all the games were similar like buck-buck instead of Johnie on the Pony or whatever…but damn it they were all fun. Kids today don’t know how to play and how good clean and sometimes physical fun. whatever….