I grew up in the Brownsville-East New York areas in the 30s and 40s. Went to JHS 174 and later to Jefferson HS. As kids we played a number of games for small change including “pitching pennies” and a variation of boxball in which the object was to knock a penny or nickel into an opponents box by hitting it with a spaulding. Does anyone know of other children’s gambling games from those days or the 50s or even 60s if they still existed then?
Fascinating discussions of a game that I have never heard of but intend to start playing with my daughters immediately. One probably foolish question: when you say shoot, do you mean as in gliding the top along the pavement as you would in shuffleboard? Or are you bouncing them into place liking pitching pennies?