A ring is formed by the players joining hands, whilst one child, who is to "drop the handkerchief," is left outside. He walks round the ring, touching each one with the handkerchief, saying the following words:
"I wrote a letter to my love,
But on my way, I dropped it;
A little child picked it up
And put it in his pocket.
It wasn't you, it wasn't you,
It wasn't you—but it was you."
When he says "It was you," he must drop the handkerchief behind one of the players, who picks it up and chases him round the ring, outside and under the joined hands, until he can touch him with the handkerchief. As soon as this happens, the first player joins the ring, whilst it is now the turn of the second to "drop the handkerchief."
Children sitting under a tree
Children sitting at the table
Boy leading the charge
In the olden times this game was known by the name of "Hood-man Blind," as in those days the child that was chosen to be "blind man" had a hood placed over his head, which was fastened at the back of the neck.
In the present day the game is called "Blind Man's Buff," and very popular it is among young folk.
A ring of children
[Children seemed to be well behaved in the old days]
Two girls watching a family of ducks
Children listening to a story
Two of the players join hands, facing each other, having agreed privately which is to be "Oranges" and which "Lemons." The rest of the party form a long line, standing one behind the other, and holding each other's dresses or coats. The first two raise their hands so as to form an arch, and the rest run through it, singing as they run:
"Oranges and Lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement's;
You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin's;
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.
I do not know,
Says the big bell of Bow.
Here comes a chopper to light you to bed!
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head!"
At the word "head" the hand archway descends, and clasps the player passing through at that moment; he is then asked in a whisper, "Oranges or Lemons?" and if he chooses "oranges," he is told to go behind the player who has agreed to be "oranges" and clasp him round the waist.
The players must be careful to speak in a whisper, so that the others may not know what has been said.
The game then goes on again, in the same way, until all the children have been caught and have chosen which they will be, "oranges" or "lemons." When this happens, the two sides prepare for a tug-of-war. Each child clasps the one in front of him tightly and the two leaders pull with all their might, until one side has drawn the other across a line which has been drawn between them.
Litle girl dancing
Hide-then go seek
Girl walking heel to toe
Girl washing her doll
Girl standing under a tree in the rain
Girl reaching for a book
Girl playing with her doll
Girl playing with a kitten
Young girl and with a butterfly net
Curly-headed girl sitting up in bed
Pointing fingers at girl
Girl eating banana
Boy and girl in affectionate hug
Boy punching another boy as a girl looks on
Boy and girl feeding a pony an apple
Girl carrying a book
Young boy standing on the street corner
three children looking at an aquarium
Any transparent vessel capable of holding water, even a Mason jar will make an aquarium from which a great deal of pleasure may be derived. The old way of maintaining aquaria in good condition required a great deal of care and attention. The water had to be changed at least once a day if running water was not available, and altogether they were so much trouble that as a rule owners soon tired of them.
Modern aquaria are totally different. By a proper combination of fish and growing plants we can almost duplicate the conditions of nature and strike a balance so that the water need never be changed except when it becomes foul or to clean the glass.
Boy lying in a sleeping bag in the rain, without a tent.
Young girl deciding which book to read
The Care of New-born infants
Mother and Child
Girl pushing a little girl along in a sled
Girl about to kiss little boys hand after he hurt himself playing
Baby in bath
Little toddler pointing to a blackbird
A Parlor Recitation
Boy lying on the bed
Young girl lying in bed
Yong child looking out window from in bed
The costumes given for 1835 are a nursemaid and children