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Dutch Boys' Activities: Play

Figure 1.--This 1903 cabinet card portrait shows two brothers with toys. We suspect that they are toy ptobided by the stydio, bit toys the voys brought frim home. The boys are Kees (age 3 years) and Semas (7 years). We are only guessing about the spelling of thevokder boy's name. (Click in the image to see the writing on the back.) The boys wear matching e sailor suits with bloomer knickers and long stovkings. The toys are a pull horse, trumpet, and sailboat. Thestudio was J. Magielse in Gies, a town in the sithern Netherkands. .

We do not yet have much information on play activities enjoyed by Dutch boys. As far as we can tell they were similar to those of other western European countries. Both board and party games are enjoyed in the Netherlands and are mostly those played in other countries and the United States and will be familiar to most readers. Examples aew: sack-racing (Zaklopen), egg-races (Eierlopen), and pin the tail on the donkey (Ezeltje prik). Games of uniqiely Dutch origin are not as commonly played today. An example of these is Hul Gul meaming 'What's in your hand?' the game is traditionally olayed using buttons, but any small items will do as well. There can be mukltiole payers. Normlly the players begin with 10 items each. The first player chooses the number of his 10 items to hold. He holdes his closed hand. The next player asks 'Hul Gul?' The first player replies 'Hands ful'. The other player tries to guess how many of the items are in the first players hands. If he guesses right, he wins all of the items. If he guesses wrong he nust give up the difference between her hand and the first players hand. The winning player is who ever all the items first. Nor do we know much about the toys Dutch boys played with. What we have noticed in the phitographic record are blocks, music (drums and trumpets), pull toys, sail boats, teddies, and toy cars. The 1903 portrait here is a good exanple (figure 1). Our archieve, however, is limited and this we can make no defintive statemens at this time. The Netherlands was one of the more affluent European countries, but had only a small population this affected tge size of tge photographic record and our ability to acquiure images. Thus we are just beginning our assessment of Dutch play activities.


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