Old-fashioned Marbles


Marbles, once a staple of childhood, no longer hold the place they used to in a kid’s life. Included in the archives is this 1916 marble bag, a reminder of those days long gone.

Any boy or girl who presented a properly filled-out coupon (clipped from the Alfred Sun newspaper) between 3:45 pm and 5:45 pm on May 4, 1916, received a free bag of marbles from W.H. Crandall’s insurance company, located on Main St. in Alfred, NY. Shown here are the enterprising youngsters who took advantage of the offer.

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