Does anyone remember this game? It was played from curb to curb. Any number of players could play. They would all line up on the street curb and shout “What’s in the icebox”? A caller would shout out items like “eggs”, everyone would run to the other curb. But the caller would also say things like “chair”. If anyone ran after hearing this, they would be “out”. This went on until there was one person left (who did not run or even move on a word that was not found in an icebox). I grew up in South Philly and remember it well. I am finding this site very nostalgic, a trip back to the late 50’S. Thanks.
Thanks to all for jogging my fifty-plus year old memory. Does anyone remember a game that was played using a golf ball, bouncing it on the sidewalk, and naming things in specific catagories..like, fruits, states, cars, etc.? I’m trying to find games like these to occupy my 3 young granddaughters.
I found this site while trying to find rhymes to a game I used to play in the 70s growing up in the UK. We called it “2 ball” – it sounds a lot like the 1,2,3 Alary game a lot of people have mentioned here. We had 2 balls that we sort of juggled against a wall, while chanting rhymes. The more difficult ones involved you missing bouncing one of the balls on the ground, or under your leg, or on the ground while spinnnig around just in time to catch them, while keeping the other ball going against the wall. Does anyone remember any of the rhymes? My daughter would love to learn some, but for the life of me, I can’t remember…
these “shooters” were called carpet shoooters, and the preferred projectile were pieces of linoleum or remains taken from the cans that held furnace refuse. We would fashion a crossbow from wood and secure rubber bands at the top and a spring clothespin at the base. Does anyone remember the seasonal items, Tops, I think in the fall and a game called crack top where a contestant would have to throw his top in a circle and if missed, have to place his top in the circle and risk others hitting and breaking it. There was often a kid who couldn’t throw a nickel top and have to use one of those $1 duncan plastic tops with predictable ending.Then pea shooters and in the spring yo-yo’s. Representatives would come to school yards to show their craft.Very often they were Phillipinos.
does anyone remember a game w/spaldeen called war? i lived in bay ridge thru 1951…was 13 when i moved. we would use a manhole cover w/chaulk and box off names of countries. with the ball laid in the hole of the manhole..someone was “it” and would say, ” i declare war on ” and would say the name of one of the countries..meantime we would all run…except the one who was the country called…they would say “freeze” and through the ball at someone …don’t remember the rest…but no one i know can remember this game…i lived in bay ridge at the time on 49th. st betw. 5 and 6 th.aves….near the 5th. ave. side was a candy store owned by mrs. mazzoola…and an empty lot across the street…anyone out there familiar with this? i’d like to hear from someone…jeanne
in response to the hin-do quesstion:we always said it stood for hindering or blocking out the other player. we always called a redo. also i’m going to give my vote to the pense pinkie. either ball was okay but the pinkies lasted longer as long as they stayed off the roof. does anyone remember chinese handball? you bounced the ball on the sidewalk before it hit the wall. and if you were the cause of play stopping you were sent down the end of the line.