Magazines and Other Periodicals

Accountancy (UK)

Apr 1988 Section: People

Title: Wink Wink

Summary: Photo of Jonathan Mapley

Original (CUTwC)
10 Sep 1962 Page 30 Title: Rainier Beer’s Tiddlywinks Tourney Is Smashing Success

Summary: Oxford team playing in San Francisco

16 Sep 2009 Title: Anheuser-Busch to Advertise in Super Bowl, Sun to Rise in the East

Author:Brian Steinberg

  • When in the last decade or more of Super Bowl advertising has Anheuser not been in the game? The CBS ad-sales team could spend its time playing tiddly-winks and still sell ad time for Bud and Bud Light ads.

Albany Review

(?13 Jul) 1907 Volume 1 Title: The Cricket FetishAuthor: Alfred Fellows

  • Page 431: Some of them no doubt enjoy the pleasures of anticipation or successful achievement; but these are pleasures which can be enjoyed in an arm-chair at any time and in respect of any game, ping-pong, tiddley-winks, and hop-scotch included.

All the Year Round—A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens (UK)

18 Mar 1876 Volume 16 Page 15 Number 381 Title: Skating and Drinking

  • Page 15: In the fourth volume of Punch, published in 1843, is an amusing account of a visit to the so-called Glaciarium, in Baker-street, where the artificial ice was surrounded by an elaborate mise en scène of Alpine or Arctic—it is not very clear which—character; but perhaps the balance of evidence is in favour of the Alps, as the lake was approached from a species of Swiss châlet. Punch’s contributor, who signed himself “Tiddledy Winks,” was very funny at the expense of the forlorn institution, in which he found himself alone save for the presence of one of the “natives, who rushed from a gorge of brown paper and whitewash at the extremity of the lake, and performed several savage evolutions upon its surface.” In the uncongenial atmosphere of Baker-street, the artificial ice lake soon melted away into the limbo of dead-and-gone speculations.

American Annals of the Deaf (US)

Feb 1897 Volume 42 Number 2 Title: Paragraphs.—IV.

  • Page 114: Then again, the children are apt to think that the word “played” can be used with unvarying correctness. This may hold true in nine cases out of ten with regard to boxed games, but in out-door sports the verbs also differ. We play ball, we play marbles, but do we ever play rope? When the boys come in, fresh from some jolly romp and anxious to tell of it, yet wishing to speak correctly, you will find that a rapid glance will be given at the slate to see if the beloved sport is there, and if so, it will be with increased confidence that they begin their tale. Here are a few sentences for illustration:
    • We played tiddledy winks.
    • We played jack-straws.
    • I turned somersaults on the grass.
    • I played hop-scotch
    • The boys had a tug-of-war
    • […]

The American Botanist (US)

May 1917 Volume 23 Number 2 Title: EDITORIAL

  • Page 70: It is a great pity that the general public which has to use the plant names does not refuse entirely to countenance this monkeying with nomenclature. If the name-tinkers must be employed, let them engage in a game of tiddledywinks or take up tatting as a pastime.

Journal of American Folk-Lore

Jul-Sep 1893 Page 209 Volume 6 Number 22 Title: Exhibit of games in the Columbian Exposition”/”Case II. Balls, Quoits, Marbles”Author: Stewart Culin

  • Page 209: The comparatively new game “Tiddledy winks” follows, leading up to a recent German game called the “Newest War Game,” in which the men or “winks” are played upon a board upon which are represented two opposing fortresses.
Jan-Mar 1961 Pages 19, 20, 29, 35, 36, 42, 43 Title: Sixty Years of Historic Change in the Game Preferences of American ChildrenAuthor: Brian Sutton-Smith & B. G. Rosenberg

Summary: results of surveys in 1898, 1921, and 1959


American Journalism Review

Oct 1994 Volume 16 Number 8 Page 13(2) Title: When the facts get in the way

The American Flint (Official Magazine of the American Flint Glass Workers Union of North America) (US)

Nov 1917 Volume 9 Number 1 Page 45 Title: Toronto, Ont.Author: A. Mooney

  • Page 45: A. Lucas, W. O’Neill and G. Labadie have started to work on the Tiddley Winks shop here.

The American Magazine (US)

Jan 1891 Volume 82 Number 488 Page 198 Title: London Music HallsAuthor: P Anstey

  • No, she won’t, old Tiddly winks!” says the boy, rising suddenly from his hiding – place. “In less than ten minutes you will be a corpse!”
Apr 1918 Pages 45-46 Title: The Making of George Groton – A NovelAuthor: Bruce Barton

  • Page 45: “New York Wants to Talk to You”You ought to have seen us the other night, squatting on a million-dollar rug in his house, with ten thousand dollars’ worth of electric lights shining on us and fifty thousand dollars’ worth of servants peeking around the corner—down on the floor playing tiddledy-winks. Cross my heart. And it would have made you
    cry to see how the old guy enjoyed it.
  • Page 46 has a 2/3rd-page illustration of two well-dressed men kneeling on the floor, playing tiddlywinks. Caption: “You ought to have seen us the other night, squatting on a million-dollar rug in his house, with ten thousand dollars’ worth of electric lights shining on us and fifty thousand dollars’ worth of servants peeking around the corner—down on the floor playing tiddledy-winks.”
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___ 1938 Volume 125 Page 166
  • tiddlywinks game that you play until it’s time to go to work. And that’s just what it is to me! I don’t want to be a singer. I want to be a woman! If I’m a man, you made me one. Oh, yes, that’s the worst of it. It’s mostly tiddlywinks, but its’s partly building yourself up to the level of that […]

American Photography (US)

Dec 1917 Volume 11 Number 12 Page 685
  • Page 684 (heading): Editorial Our Competitions
  • Page 685: Commendation: […]”Tiddledy Winks”, Chas. D. Meservey

The American Spectator (US)

Oct 1993 Volume 26 Number 10 Page 43(6) Title: Northern exposure

Summary: Canadian post-Mulroney politics and the rise of Kim Campbell, the first woman Prime Minister

American Stationer (US) (at Library of Congress)

18 Sep 1890 Page 691 Column:  Trade Novelties

Title: A New Game

Summary: re E. I. Horsman’s “Tiddledy Wink Tennis”. Illustrated

Important; photocopy
9 Oct 1890 Page 850 “Trade Items” column. Interview with Horsman photocopy
30 Oct 1890 Page 1017 “Trade Items” column. Interview with Horsman photocopy
4 Dec 1890 Page 1307 “Chat by the way” column. Interview with Horsman photocopy
20 Nov 1890 Page 1185 “Trade Items” column

  • Acting on the hint thrown out in The Stationer of October 80, E. I. Horsman, 80 William street, is now engaged in preparing a progressive game of “Tiddledy Winks Tennis.” It promises to be novel and amusing, and it is soon to be ready for the trade. Look out for it!
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18 Dec 1890 Page 1412 “Trade Items” column. Interview with Horsman photocopy
1 Jan 1891 Page 21 Column 1 “Trade Items” column. Interview with HorsmanPage 21, Column 1:

  • Trade Items
  • E. I. Horsman, importer, manufacturer and dealer in toys and games, 80 William street, is preparing to do a big business this year in lawn tennis, and expects to put on the market the finest line ever brought out in this country. To this end he has enlarged his factory, doubled its capacity and substituted a 100 horse power engine for the 50 horse power hitherto used. Altogether he is getting ready to repeat his “Tiddledy Winks Tennis” triumphs, and the lawns and parks will bloom with pretty maids and gallant lads all singing the praises of Horsman’s tennis outfits, undoubtedly.
photocopyDigital copy (NATwA)
8 Jan 1891 Page 56 column 3 Page 54

  • Correspondence

Page 56, Column 1

  • DENVER [From our regular correspondent.] Denver, Col., January 1, 1891.

Page 56, Column 3

  • A visit to the stores of various kinds even at the present time reveals a plentiful supply of goods left over and anniversaries can be cared for while the new goods are being made. The only article entirely sold out was the great and only game of the season, “Tiddledy WInks.” Not even a “wink” could be had on Christmas Eve, and clerks would merely shake their heads at the inquiry, having “just sold the last one” for several hours.Now, the quest is what sells a game like that—the price or the craze?
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22 Jan 1891 Page 156 Column 1 Page 154

  • Correspondence
    Kansas City
    [From our regular correspondent] Kansas City, Mo., January 17, 1891

Page 156

  • Of all the new games called for during the season “Tiddledy Winks” took the lead, and what was the worst feature nobody could supply the demand.
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22 Jan 1891 Page 179 Column 2 Page 179

  • Answers to Correspondents
  • H., Williamsport, Pa. wants to know where he can get, in quantities, the bone chips used in the game of “Tiddledy Winks”
  • Ans. We understand that they are imported. E. I. Horsman, 80 WIlliam street, New York, may be able to supply you. The Strobel & Wilken Company and Hinrichs & Co. import them. American manufacturers of bone goods, like C. J. Bates, Chester, Conn., or the Rogers & Hubbard Company, Middletown, Conn., may possibly meet your demand.
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29 Jan 1891 Page 208 Column 3 Page 203:

  • Correspondence

Page 208 Column 2

  • Pittsburg[From our regular correspondent.]Pittsburg, January 24, 1891.

Page 208 Column 3

  • The game of Tiddledy Winks has had a great run here and in some circles appeared as a formidable rival of euchre, and great numbers were sold during the holidays.
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29 Jan 1891 Page 224 Column 2 Page 221

  • Trade Items

Page 224

  • E.I. Horsman, the toy man, 80 William street, says that “Tiddledy WInks Tennis” is still in such demand that he can hardly get time to attend to the business of bringing out the superb line of lawn tennis goods which he has promised the public it should have next summer. For a simple game “Tiddledy Winks Tennis” has had a remarkable run, and strange to say, the more the public have of it the better they like it.
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5 Feb 1891 Page 282 all 3 columns Advertisement, with black pot kettle at left with ring handle, marked “TRADE MARK”, and hand with shooter on wink at right.

  • Tiddledy Winks.SELCHOW & RIGHTER,41 John Street, New York,Offer a new line of this popular game of their own make as follows:No. 1, 10 cents retail, wood box with neat label, wood pot painted, with bale and feet (see cut), four large counters, twenty-four small of wood, nicely colored. The best 10 cent make on the market. Price, $9.00 per gross.No. 2, 25 cents retail, large wood box with lithographed label, box partitioned for the different counter, handsome pot, painted and varnished, with bale and feet (see cut). The best 25 cent edition offered. Price, $24.00 per gross.No. 3, 50 cents retail, ready February 10, elegant polished wood box, size 4½
    x 9, with gilt label on cover, elegant gilt pot, box partitioned for different counters, counters of bone, six of large, thirty-six of small, good colors. Price, $48.00 per gross. The finest 50 cent style made. Samples mailed, post paid, on receipt of 10 cents for No. 1, 20 cents for No. 2, 40 cents for No. 2.SPECIAL PRICES TO JOBBING TRADE.
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12 Feb 1891 Page 320, all 3 columns Selchow & Righter ad “Tiddledy Winks”, three varieties. Illustrated. Same ad and content as in 5 Feb 1891, Page 282 all 3 columns. photocopyDigital copy (NATwA)
12 Feb 1891 Page 334 Column 2 Page 334, Column 2:

  • “Tiddledy Winks.”The evidently fascinating game of “Tiddledy Winks” is again on its travels, this time under the aegis of Selchow & Righter, 41 John street, who are putting two styles on the market, which for convenience and finish equal, if they do not excel, those offered by any other house. The larger box is square, neatly put together, and has a sliding cover which is illunimated with a

Illustration with caption: Wink Pot, of a dark pot with legs and a ringed handle

  • bright and handsome design. The box inside is divided into compartments intended to contain the game in an orderly and convenient manner, the “winks,” which are in four colors, having a compartment for each color, while in the centre is a round well into which the “wink pot” fits snugly, with the “tiddledies” stacked within it. The “tiddledies” and “winks” are made of polished bone, nicely colored blue, red, yellow and green, six “winks” to each color, and one “tiddledy” matching each set. The “wink pot” is a very clever imitation of a kitchen pot for cooking purposes.The second style is smaller, put up in an oblong box divided into compartments, and

Illustration with caption: Position in Playing “Tiddledy Winks.”; a hand holding a shooter against a wink.

  • Accompanying this article are illustrations of the “wink” pot and the maner of playing. The pot being set in the middle of the table, the player places his “winks” before him in a row, then laying the “tiddledy” upon the centre of the “wink,” as shown in the cut, draws it backward with a firm pressure; as it slips from the wink, the disk will jump up and forward, the distance being regulated by the pressure. The object is, of course, to jump all the “winks” into

Page 334, Column 3:

  • the pot, the one who does this first winning the game.This little amusement is the very climax of simplicity, yet it seems to have hit popular favor and is enjoying a run which has hardly been duplicated in the world of games. The uncommonly nice form in which it is offered by Selchow & Righter will give it a new accession of popularity throughout the country without doubt.
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19 Feb 1891 Page 389 Column 2 “Trade Items” column. Note re McLoughlin Bros. deluxe “Progressive Tiddledy Winks”Page 385, Column 1:

  • Trade Items

Page 389 Column 2:

  • McLoughlin Brothers, 623 Broadway, have recently put on the market an elegant layout for a progressive game of “Tiddledy Winks.” The set is contained in a handsome box strongly made and covered with wine colored moire paper stamped with gold, and comprises uncommonly beautiful score cards, steel plate invitation cards, a pretty nickel signal bell, bone chips of the finest quality sufficient for sixteen players, and four “wink pots” of polished box wood. This is one of the handsomest and most complete games ever brought out by this house, which is noted for the originality and finish of its goods. The firm also carries a full line of regular “Tiddledy Winks” of different grades, but all with real bone chips. In connection with the above it may be said that this house has practically completed its lines of new books, blocks and games, and from the samples shown to a representative of The Stationer it is safe to say that McLoughlin Brothers have surpassed themselves in all of the features for which their goods are famous.
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19 Feb 1891 Page 391 Column 1 Page 385, Column 1:

  • Trade Items

Page 391, Column 1:

  • The New York News Company is having a very brisk call for what is known as “The Children’s Delight.” It is a package of assorted gold, silver, glazed and enameled papers, which are used by the little folks for a great variety of purpose. The packages are neatly put up and have made a veritable hit. This house has also a miniature windmill, which is known as the “Signal Service Weather Vane and Windmill.” It has also a full supply of “Tiddledy Winks” and can fill all orders promptly.
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19 Feb 1891 Page 400, all 3 columns Ad for McLoughlin Bros. “Progressive Tiddledy Winks”

  • PROGRESSIVE TIDDLEDY WINKS.We have just completed a new and very elegant set for playing at this popular amusement progressively. The set contains full directions, lithographed score cards, invitation cards, a signal bell, and finest quality bone chips sufficient for sixteen players.The whole forms one of the handsomest and most complete packages we have offered.Retail Price, $3.00, subject to the usual Discount.We have also a full line of 25 cent, 50 cent, and $1.00 TIDDLEDY WINKS, in all of which we use only BONE CHIPS.McLOUGHLIN BROS.,No. 623 Broadway, New York.
photocopyDigital copy (NATwA)
19 Feb 1891 Page 411, all 3 columns Same Selchow & Righter ad as 5 February 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Feb 1891 Page 462, Column 1 Page 457, Column 1:

  • Correspondence

Page 462, Column 1:

  • Duluth, Minn., Feburary 19, 1891
  • […]
  • Albertston & Chamberlain occupy a prominent locality upon the main street, the front of their building presenting a very attractive appearance, having one very large plate glass show window. The sign above blew down, some ten days ago, breaking through the glass, which break is at present covered by a sheet, with this very appropriate and interesting notice: “The sign did not break the glass, but the extraordinary low prices inside on Tiddledy Winks and other goods were the cause,” and no doubt it was so.
Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Feb 1891 Page 469 Same Selchow & Righter ad as 5 February 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Feb 1891 Page 473, Columns 2, 3 “Trade Items” column. “Ring-A-Peg”, invented by John J. B. Trainer, manufactured by Geo. B. Leiter & Co. IllustratedPage 473, Column 1:

  • Trade Novelties

Page 473, Column 2:

  • RING-A-PEG.This is the name of a new game which is about to be placed upon the market. In point of interest and general attractiveness it promises to outrival the famous “Tiddledy Winks.” It combines instruction with amusement, as will be seen by the following description and manner of player: A circular board containing a number of upright pegs is placed on a cloth in the centre of the table. The game may be played by two, three or four persons, each player being provided with five rings made of bone brightly colored and a square piece of the same material called the “ringer,” the latter being used to snap the rings upon the upright pegs.The centre of king peg is higher than the rest and being the more difficult to ring counts the player relatively more than the pegs on the circles, the numbers of which will be designated in the direction. “Ring-a-Peg” can be played in several different ways, which will prove a decided advantage over games of a similar character.The inventor of the game is John H. B. Trainer, a young man who has been connected with the book, stationery, and fancy goods trade ever since he was a small boy.The manufacturers are Geo. B. Leiter & Co., Williamsport, Pa.

Page 473, Column 3: illustration of Ring-A-Peg target

  • Ring-A-Peg.
photocopyDigital copy (NATwA)
26 Feb 1891 Page 476, Column 3 Page 475, Column 1

  • Trade Items

Page 476, Column 3

  • Selchow & Righter, 41 John street, report good business with their “Tiddledy Winks” games.
Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Feb 1891 Page 499, all 3 columns Same McLoughlin Bros. ad as 19 February 1891 Digital copy (NATwA)
5 Mar 1891 Page 549, left half Advertisement.

    [with black pot kettle at left with ring handle, marked “TRADE MARK”, and hand with shooter on wink at right]
    OFFER THE BEST LINE OF THIS POPULAR GAME MADE IN THREE STYLES, TO RETAIL AT10 cts., 25 ct. and 50 cts. per Set.Send for Descriptive List with Wholesale Prices.
  • [Parcheesi ad on right half of page]
  • SELCHOW & RIGHTER, Publishers, 41 John St., New York
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12 Mar 1891 Page 563 Same Selchow & Righter ad as 5 March 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
19 Mar 1891 Page 638, left half Same Selchow & Righter ad as 5 March 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
2 Apr 1891 Page 730 Column 3 to Page 731 Column 1 Page 730, Column 3:

  • “Crickets on the Hearth.”Selchow & Righter are in the field with a new game. It is illustrated on this page and is known as “Crickets on the
  • [Illustration of wooden game board with vertical hearth apparatus.]
  • Hearth.” The game is somewhat similar to “Tiddledy Winks.” The board on which the game is played consists of a floor divided into spaces and a fireplace with mantel and a hole in the wall over the mantel. In playing a small chip, called a

Page 731, Column 1:

  • “cricket,” is placed on a felt disk located in the square farthest from the fireplace and is then snapped with a large chip. If the cricket goes through the hole it counts the player 100, if it remains on the mantel it counts seventy-five, while if it lands in the squares directly in front of the fireplace it scores ten or twenty points according as it is the left or right hand square. The implements of the game are the shelf, by which name the board is known, ten crickets and one large chip for snapping. The game is very interesting and possesses capabilities which will no doubt be freely developed by the children of this country. The shelf folds up, inclosing within it the “crickets” and the large chip. The firm will be pleased to give the rade all information which may be desired in regard to this new and attractive game.
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9 Apr 1891 Page 781, Columns 2, 3 Advertisement

  • CRICKET ON THE HEARTH.JUST READY.An Improvement on the Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks.Snap the Counters same as Tiddledy Winks; if they go through the opening the count is 100; on the shelf, 75; in the space below, 10, 20 or nothing, as may be.ATTRACTIVE. GOOD. CHEAP.Retail at 10c. Price, $9.00 per Gross.Samples mailed, postpaid, on receipt of 10 cents.SELCHOW & RIGHTER,MAKERS,41 JOHN STREET, NEW YORK.
  • [Illustration at right of wooden game board and vertical hearth target.]
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16 Apr 1891 Page 845, Columns 2, 3 Advertisement by Selchow & Righter, same as on 9 April 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
23 Apr 1891 Page 857, Columns 2, 3 Advertisement by Selchow & Righter, same as on 9 April 1891. Illustrated Digital copy (NATwA)
7 May 1891 Page 970, Column 3 to Page 971 Column 1 Page 967, Column 1:

  • Trade Items

Page 970, Column 3:

  • Selchow & Righter are now in their new quarters at 390 Broadway, where they will be glad to see all their friends in the trade.

Page 971, Column 1:

  • The new store is very deep, is nicely arranged and presents an air of prosperity and activity which is very pleasing. Then thre is a cellar and sub-cellar, both of which are crowded with toys, games, &c. This firm has just issued its spring catalogue, which contains eighty pages devoted to descriptions and illustrations of equipments for croquet, lawn tennis, baseball, football and in fact all indoor and outdoor sports; hammocks, fishing outfits, air guns, fire cracker cannon, small steam engines, tiddledy winks, parcheesi, planchette and a thousand and one other games. The catalogue will be sent to anyone who is sufficiently interested to make a request for it.
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27 Aug 1891 Page 417 Selchow & Righter ad for “Snap Dragon”,
“Pedro”, “Juno”, and two varieties of “Cricket on the
Hearth”. Illustrated
27 Aug 1891 Page 503 “New Toys and Games” describing Selchow &
Righter’s “Pedro”, “Juno”, “Snap Dragon”, and
“Cricket on the Hearth”. Illustrated
22 Oct 1891 Page 871 “Trade Novelties” column. Subhead “Lo Lo The
New Parlor Croquet Game”, by L. E. Lawrence, introduced by E. I. Horsman. Illustrated
22 Oct 1891 Page 898 “Parker’s Games”. “Hop Scotch Tiddledy
Winks”. Illustrated
19 Nov 1891 Page 1063 Patent listing of George Scott’s US patent
9 Nov 1893 Volume 34, Page 963, Column 1 “Games and Toys”

  • This is the time of the year when the trade all over the country are interested in toys and games, and when stocks of these goods are laid in for the holidays. Selchow and Righter devote all of their energies catering to this class of trade and this year they present an unusually fine line for consideration. […]
  • [illustration] “Sweet Wedding Bells”
  • “Sweet Wedding Bells is an entirely new game, introducing in its use the always popular feature of shooting small ivory or bone counters, used in the well-known game of “tiddledy winks.” The implements used in playing the game are in the first place necessary to build up a tower or church front, representing an old ivy cut of a church. This tower is put together in a very easy and simple manner, which is a feature of the game. Suspended in the tower is a brightly polished bell, which hangs directly in the centre of the tower, between the four windows. The counters are to be snapped through these windows of the tower, striking the bell and ringing it. Every time the bell is rung the fortunate player scores one point. It is put up in a large box, attractive in appearance, and must prove to be a very popular toy. The box is 7½ inches square and 1¼ inches deep.
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31 Aug 1907 Volume 62 Page 28 “PARKER GAMES”

  • “Pop-in-Taw” is the very latest Parker game. It is a rollicking game of the class which only makes its appearance at intervals of a few years. It is a society game in the same general class as “Pillow Dex,” “Tiddledy Winks” and “Ping-Pong.”

The Annual American Catalogue (US) (by R. R. Bowker)

1891 (published in 1892) Page 13 Column 2
  • Page 6: Bangs, J. K. Tiddledywink tales. (Ds) D. $1.25.De Witt Pub. Ho
  • Page 13: Bangs, J. Kendrick. Tiddledywink tales; il. by C: Howard Johnson. N. Y., [De Witt Publishing House,] 1891. c. 5-236 p. il. D. cl., $1.25.
    Jimmieboy was a little lad of four years, who had just been presented with a set of Tiddledy winks. After playing with his gift all day, Jimmieboy went to bed and was immediately transported to the realm of the Tiddledywinks. The strange and amusing sights that the young hero saw did not prevent a constant interchange of thought between himself and the small pieces of celluloid that comprise the game.

Antique Toy World (US)

Sep 1987 cover Photo of The Big Game Hunter (Bruce Whitehill) with games, including Lo Lo by E.I. Horsman and Crickets on the Grass

The Antique Trader Guide to Antique Prices

Fall 1982 Page 37 Price listing
Oct 1984 Page 54 Price listing

Antiques and Collectibles

Jun 1979 Page 17 Ad by Fred Shapiro (same text as in Hobbies magazine)

The Antiques Journal

Dec 1974 Page 22 “The games people played” by Andrea Lovejoy (rehash of Parker Brothers 90 Years of Fun book) transcript
May 1979 Page 48 “Ask Us” section. Query by Rick Tucker and Fred Shapiro original

Journal of Applied Statistics

May 2003 Volume 30, Issue 4, Pages 361-372 Title: A new sports ratings system: The tiddlywinks world ratings”Author: Patrick Barrie

  • A system for calculating relative playing strengths of tiddlywinks players is described. The method can also be used for other sports. It is specifically designed to handle cases where the number of games played in a season varies greatly between players, and thus the confidence that one can have in an assigned rating also varies greatly between players. In addition, the method is designed to handle situations in which some games in the tournament are played as individuals (“singles’), while others are played with a partner (“pairs’).
To be retrieved


Jan 1980 Pages 82, 85, 86-87 Title: Unexpected Treasures of England’s Stately Homes / Donatello tiddlywinks and Ming in the lavatory

  • Page 85 (photo): Donatello bronze, The Madonna and Child, served the Fitzwilliam family as a tiddlywinks bowl

Association Boys

Jul 1903 Volume 1 Number 4 Page 139 Title: Boys as SavagesAuthor:Edgar M. Robinson

  • Page 139: We can but mention the influence of the games and athletics of camp. Though they may vary with the locality, one thing seems to characterize them everywhere. They demand strength, and fleetness, and agility. None of the “tiddledy winks” kind of expertness
    counts for much. Group games as a rule predominate, and in the subordination of self to the team, as others have shown, lay the foundation for self-sacrifice and other

Association Monthly: official organ of the Young

May 1920 Volume 14 Number 5 Page 239 Title (page 238): The Test of Going HomeAuthor: Mabel Ward Fraser

  • Page 239: At first thought such serious planning seems to eliminate the fun with which we habitually associate vacation days, but not to her who tries it. Her body and spirit need play as they need sunlight and fresh air. So do her friends and neighbors. For every college girl who is finer and stronger for having learned to play there are numberless girls and boys and grown-ups who do not know how. One’s very play time, then, whether it be given to tennis or tiddledy winks,may become a service of dignity and worth.

The Atlantic Monthly (US)

Apr 1891 Volume 67 Issue 402 Page 565 Title: Comment on New Books

  • The Young Folks’ Cyclopædia of Games and Sports, by John D. Champlin, Jr., and Arthur E. Bostwick. (Holt.) Eight hundred double-columned pages, full of descriptive illustrations, and so brought to date that the noble game of Tiddledy Winks has more than a column. We object seriously to one of the rules: ‘A player may not intentionally cover any of his opponent’s counters.’ Why, the snap is taken out of the game when one can cover accidentally only.
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1902 Page 383 Volume 90 Title: On the Off-Short Lights

  • […] ‘”T is long ter set. I wisht I could feel ter play tiddledy-winks,” she said wistfully.
Nov 1917 Volume 120 Page 715 Title: The Contributor’s Club / The Floor

  • The only parallel that I can think of is the way in which, during very early childhood, we sometimes played tiddledywinks. When the man-made rules of that staid sport became too wearing for our advanced intellects, we used to get to snapping all at once, promiscuously. Everybody snapped everybody else’s wink, at the bull’s-eye or the eye of his neighbor, regardless. This indiscriminating sort of think lends a lawless charm most bracing to tiddledywinks, but it cancels conversation.
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May 1956 Page 74 Title: What shall we do with the dullardsAuthor: Caspar D. Green.Note: mention Excerpt
Apr 1990 Page 41 or later
  • Hollywood, the ad: the techniques and cartoon-like moral vision of television advertising are exerting more and more influence over American moviemaking”
Jun 1994 Volume 273 Number 6 Page 24(3) Title: Busy, busy, busyAuthor: Cullen MurphyTopic: Americans’ love of joining associations

  • Larry Kahn, of the North American Tiddlywinks Association, in Silver Spring, Maryland, explains that most of the 100 dues-paying “winkers” in his group are men, and that most
    have a background in mathematics or computers. In the United States major tiddlywinks
    tournaments are held four or five times a year. NATwA has a sister organization, known as
    ETwA, in England; of English winkers Kahn observes, “They’re even nerdier than we are.” Like participants in many other sports and games, winkers have developed a distinctive jargon. They may say, for instance, “I can’t pot my nurdled wink, so I’ll piddle you free and you can boondock a red.” Tiddlywinks apparently enjoyed something
    of an efflorescence in the United States in the late 1960s and the 1970s, after which it
    entered a period of mild decline. Kahn blames this on the nation’s having experienced a
    time of cynical economic opportunism and creeping spiritual discontent, which together
    eroded the bedrock of silliness upon which the edifice of tiddlywinks is erected. Or so I
    inferred. Actually, what he said when asked about the cause of the decline was simply,
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Baseball Weekly (US)

18 May 1994 Page 34 “Waxing nostalgic for weathered leather we once wore” by Lisa Winston.

  • The last one picked for every team from softball to tiddlywinks.
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The Billboard (US)

18 Aug 1951 Page 9 Column 1
  • Television-Radio
  • The Rayburn and Finch Show
  • In spite of these negative factors, the boys work very well together and deliver a solid number of yocks. Their scene from Shakespeare, the play-by-play of the tiddly-winks championship from the Harvard field house, the Hollywood number interlaced with a satire on movie columnists, were all on the strong side.

The Black Cat—A Monthly Magazine of Original Short Stories (Boston, Massachusetts)

Jul 1903 Volume 8 Number 10 “An Arctic Scoop” by Walter Tallmade Arndt and Philip Loring Allen

  • Page 16: As the papers never published any telegraph news their duties were not onerous and they spent most of their time playing tiddledywinks and tit-tat-too at the Red Walrus.

Bookman (US)

Sep 1926 Page 90 Quick book review of Sinclair Lewis’ Mantrap

  • The
    great realist plays an amusing game of tiddlywinks in the north woods

The Book World (US)

Mar 1901 Volume 6 Number 3 Page 270 Column 1
  • Page 270: SPORTS.”The Joys of Sport,” by W. Y. Stevenson. Mr. Stevenson is what is called an
    all-around sportsman. He has tried them
    all. Take golf, for example. “Gawf,” he says, “is a great game, but shiver me
    niblicks if I think it comes up to tiddledy-winks.” It is played “with a couple of
    farms, a river or so, two or three sand
    hills, a number of implements resembling
    dentists’ tools, a strange language, much
    like Hindoostani, any old clothes and a
    large assortment of oaths.”

Boys’ Life (US)

Jul 1916 Volume 6 Number 4 Page 35 Advertisement

  • BOYS PLAY “GRASSHOPPER TENNIS”in Camp or on Vacation, day or night, rain or shineMost interesting, exciting, and snappy; the game sensation of 1916.A combination of Lawn Tennis and Tiddledy-Winks. Two, three or four can playIt’s just the thing for those rainy days or dull nights.Comrades club together and send $1 for a barrel of fun.Send for a booklet how to run a Championship Tennis Tournament.Agents wantedC. H. Belknap, 46 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Sep 1928 Page 12 “Words Across the Net” by Harold M. Sherman

  • The big match of the day is to be a clash between Little Bill Johnston and Big Bill Tilden and Sandy keeps telling us to wait for this, that “we ain’t seen nothing yet.” But we think we’re seeing plenty. We’ve seen enough already to let us know we haven’t even been playing tiddledy-winks.
Oct 1930 Volume 20 Number 10 Page 5 “On the Last Down” by Harold M. Sherman

  • No coach cared to jeopardize youths who were not physically fitted to look out for themselves on the bruising gridiron. Football was no game of tiddledy-winks. You had to be strong enough and tough enough to survive on the bottom of jamming, twisting heap of elbows, fists, knees, feet and heavy bodies […]
Oct 1931 Volume 21 Number 10 Page 18 “Radio Control” by Henry B. Comstock

  • “What tha blankety-blank-blank did you think you was doing? Having a game of tiddly-winks, or three deep, or slap the baby, or what? […]”
Jul 1975 Pages 52-53 “Wink Tennis” by Bob Loeffelbein and John Taylor.
Photo and illustration

(BOAC/British Airways) (UK)

? About Prince Philip and Olympics (see NATwA’s Missing Wink, November 1976
pages 5, 9)

The Bridgemen’s Magazine

Apr 1918 Volume 18 Number 4 Page 195 (Untitled article)

  • There is only one crime in human history, and we are seeking it now. That crime is the assumption by any kind of a specimen of a human being that dares to possess the earth or rule and deny the humblest human being the highest opportunity of a son of God on earth. There is no other crime; the rest are the tiddledy-winks acts of our human failure. That is the only crime, and correspondingly the supremest virtue in the world, the supremest significance of being a human being, is to stand up for the rights of man, to stand up for all men, and if need be to die for man against that crime of the ages.—J. Stitt Wilson.

Buddy Book Treasures (US) by The Children’s House, Boston, Massachusetts

Nov 1928 Catalog-like entry for tiddley winks

Bucks County (PA) Life (US)

Oct 1962 Oxford vs. actors

Business Week (US)

4 Dec 1971 Page 26 Bill Mauldin (Chicago Sun-Times) cartoon of John
Connally playing “Texas Tiddlywinks” with dollar and yen
photocopy; original (Drix)
2 Oct 1978 Page 22C [industrial edition] “Where nuclear plants get grins—not growls” excerpt
2 Apr 1984 Page 30 “High-Tech Exports: Sparks are About to Fly”

The Business World

15 Oct 1906 Page 828 Volume 26 Number 10 “Business Articles in the Magazine”/“FORTUNES IN GAMES”.

  • “Tiddledy-winks,” a game in which flipping small counters into a cup playes the chief part, has proved a gold mine in its way. This game was first played by some members of a club who were waiting for a card table. One of them started to try to flip a poker chip into his glass with a coin, and, as he failed, a friend thought he could do better. This led to bets being made, and in the end nearly all the members who were present in the club had gathered round the table and were breathless with excitement over this new game. Eventually it was decided to patent the game, and since then the public have paid something like two hundred throusand dollars to the retailers of “tiddledy-winks”
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The Camera

Aug 1932 Volume 45 Number 2 Page 107 “TIDDLYWINKS” photo by Bruce Metcalfe from the Fourth Chicago International Photographic Salon Original (NATwA)

Catalog of Copyright Entries by the Library of Congress (US)

1928 Part 1 New Series Volume 25
  • Page 201: Alderman, Fairchild co.*, Rochester,
    N. Y. 6519-6526All-Fair games and toys for 1928.
    Catalogue no. 21. Spring 1928, ed. © Feb. 1; 2 c. and aff. Feb. 27;
    A 1067568.Blinky blinx- tiddledy winks. Directions for playing the game. no.
    411. Sheet. © Feb. 4, 1928; 2 c.and aff. Feb. 20 ; A 1066418.
  • Page 834: Parker bros., inc.*, Salem, Mass. Directions for playing. 1928. Each, sheet. 26047-26059 […]Pyramid tiddledy winks. © May
    8; 2 c. and aff. May 11; A 1076759.
  • Page 1004: Parker bros., inc.*, Salem, Mass.
    31017-31024Games of base ball: Steeple chase [!] Hop in the Tub: Tiddledy
    winks. © May 18; 2 c. and aff.
    June 4; A 1079805.
1936 Part 4: Works of Art, Etc. New Series, Volume 30 “Einson-Freeman co., inc. 1282-1311”

  • Page 24: [Box design]: Baseball tiddledy winks, 1603, Basket-ball tiddledy winks, 1600.[…][Game design]: Baseball tiddledy winks, 1603, Basket-ball tiddledy winks, 1600.[…]© Mar. 7, 1935; K 25331-25335,
    25337, 25341, 25343, 25345, 25347, 25349,
    25351, 25353

“Gabriel (Saml) sons & co. 2983-2998”

  • Page 42: Tiddledy winks,
    T 220. © Mar. 1, 1934; K 22425-22439, 22499
Jan-Jun 1949 3rd Series Volume 3 Part 1B Number 1 Page 45 “Bradley (Milton) Company”

  • Tiddledy winks tennis; a game for
    2. 3 or 4 players. Instructions.4808. Springfield, Mass., ©9Mar48. AA103131.
Jul-Dec 1969 3rd Series Volume 23 Part 1 Number 2 Section 1 Page 2671 “Books and Pamphlets Including Serials and Contributions to Periodicals”/”WARNER U.S.A.”

  • Bible anagrams; a Bible-centeredword building game for ages 9 andup. Appl. author: Warner Press,Inc. ©Warner U.S.A. Press, Inc.; 15Jan69;A79256.Fill the ark; a Bible tiddlywinksgame. Appl. author: Warner Press,Inc. © Warner U.S.A. a.a.d.o.Warner Press, Inc.; 15Jan69;A79259-


Mar 1919 Page 585 Title: The Archer

Author: Richard Matthews Hallet

Type: fiction

  • In the case in question they spun away from the strongbacks like tiddledewinks.

Century Advertising Supplement (to Century
magazine) (at Library of Congress)

Dec 1890 Ad by E. I. Horsman

Changing Times The Kiplinger Magazine

Oct 1949 Page 29 “So You Want to Invent a Game”

  • Page 29: With a few exceptions, Parker Brothers own almost all the well-known proprietary games. Many old games, such as chess, checkers, Chinese checker and tiddlywinks, are open games, not owned by anyone. They are in the public domain.

Chatterbox by John Erskine Clarke

1919 Pages 28-29 “The Home Toy-Shop.”/”I.—
Games for a Rainy Day.”

  • Page 28, column 1:
    Fig. 2.—
    A Tiddleywinks Target. [with illustration]
  • Page 28, column 2: The same board can be used as a scoring-board f[or the] well-known game of “Tiddleyu-Winks,”
  • Page 29, column 1: “A target can be set up as shown in fig. 2, for ‘Tiddley-Wink’ players to shoot at.
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Child Development

Mar 1963 Page 121 “Development of sex differences in play choices during
preadolescence” by Brian Sutton-Smith, B. G. Rosenberg, and E. F. Morgan Jr.
1964 Page 965 “Measuring Masculinity and Femininity by Children’s game
choices” by Richard N. Walker

Children’s Work for Children (published by the Women’s Foreign Missionary Organizations for the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church)

Apr 1892 Volume 17 Number 4 Page 69 “Geographical Tiddledywinks”

  • A half-dozen, little full-blooded Indian girls, were in my room a few evenings since, playing Tiddledywinks, a game sent us from the east.

Christianity Today

12 Sep 1994 Volume 38 Number 10 Page 14 Column 2 “Blinded by the ‘lite:’ dying modernity is
“into” spirituality” (editorial)

Collier’s: The National Weekly (US)

8 Feb 1919 Page 7 Column 3 “Signor Pug” by Mildred Cram

  • There’s trouble down
    there, and I’ve been playing tiddledy-winks on Broadway!

The Colorado Magazine (US)

Apr 1893 Volume 1Pages 267-270 “MRS. GASKELL’S TIDDLEDY-WINKS” by Carol Foster. One illustration, labeled “Mrs. Gaskell’s Little Game.”

  • Page 267: MRS. GASKELL determined to give a
    party. Not a crush with trains, and
    décolleté, and all that the resources
    of the village quite precluded anything of
    the kind—but just a “small and early,” which should embrace only the best families. And it should be something out of
    the ordinary run of tea and gossip—she was
    resolved upon that—but what? It was a
    very proper community, and cards and
    dancing were not to be thought of, and
    quiltings and apple-bees were voted old-
    fashioned—still there must be something by
    which sociability could be galvanized intolife and she did not despair. Her horizon
    was a little broader than that of her neighbors, for she had a city sister to whom she
    was indebted for many a suggestion and to
    her she carried the present perplexity.
    Letters of advice and counsel flew back and
    forth and at length, one day. everybody that
    was anybody in Clinton received a card like
    the following:Mrs. Gaskellwill be pleased to seeYor on Tuesday, March 31st,from 2 till 5 o’clock.Tiddledv-Winks.It was a bomb shell! Everyone felt flattered to be invited to Mrs. Gaskell’s, as she
    was popularly supposed to know what was
    what, but that mystic word in the left hand
    corner was a puzzler. It might be an old
    story in other localities but rustic Clinton
    had never seen nor heard it. And thenonly ladies were invited, which, in itself was
    an innovation—what were we coming to
    anyhow?Grand-father Jones put on his best
    glasses, sighted the card at arm’s length and
    then peered at it near by, turned it wrong
    side up. and up side down but could make
    nothing of it. Grand-daughter Nelli
  • Page 268: peeped over his shoulder, and said, maybe
    Mrs. Gaskell forgot to cross the first letterand it was an “F” instead of a “T” and ” Winks” was his last name.Mrs. Bird thought it must mean that you
    should bring your babies, and when they
    were “Tiddled” awhile, they could be laid
    away for the traditional forty winks while
    their mothers enjoyed themselves, and she “must say it was very thoughtful in Mary
    Ann Gaskell, who had no children of her
    own.”Mr. Larkin, who was the village politician “‘lowed it was a kind o’ female suffrage
    meetin’ and for his part he hadn’t much
    opinion o’ hen parties, no how.”Some thought it might be a joke, others
    a surprise, and one or two ventured to ask
    Mrs. Gaskell herself about it, but she only
    smiled mysteriously and bade them come
    and see.As might be expected, on the appointed
    day every guest was present, and on tiptoe
    with curiosity. When they found the
    pleasant parlors filled with tables, and each
    flanked by four chairs, some of the older
    ladies put on their severest looks, as
    though scenting wickedness in the air, but
    Mrs. Gaskell was deaf and blind to every
    such symptom, and, producing six neat
    little boxes, proceeded to explain the
    beauties and intricacies of “Progressive
    Tiddledy-Winks.” Such a chattering as
    there was! “How do you do it?” “I
    never saw the game before in my life.” “Who plays first?” “When do you begin?” and kindred questions were heard in all
    directions. A less efficient hostess would
    have been distracted. But partners were
    at length chosen, and the game settled
    down after the well-known rules of progressive euchre only here they were not
    well-known, and it took some time to learn
    that the winners at lower tables always
    progressed towards the top, and that the
    winners at the top remained there so long
    as they continued winners. It was a lively
    scene, and when a half-dozen games had
    been played, nobody wanted to stop, even
    though a lovely supper stood ready for
    them.After supper, a new surprise awaited the
    guests. Mrs. Gaskell announced that she
    had provided a little souvenir of the occasion for the lady who had won most
    games, and also one for her who had least.
    What a counting up of scores there was.
    and when one prize was awarded to Mrs.Davies, and the other to Miss Hart, everyone declared that they would have worked
    twice as hard if they had known there was
    anything half so lovely among the possibilities. And so the party broke up, all declaring this was a red-letter day in Clinton
    society.But this was not the end. The complacency with which Mrs. Gaskell had regarded the success of her party, was
    turned to gall and wormwood, when, on the
    next Sabbath, Parson Brown preached a
    sermon on the iniquity of gambling. As it
    was a sin entirely unknown in the village,
    the discourse seemed as innocent as one
    against the drama, for instance, in the
    wilds of Africa, and it took Mrs. Gaskell a
    good while to realize that her weil-meant
    attempt at entertainment was being used to “point a moral and adorn a tale.” The reverend speaker spoke of the wiles of theDevil, of the wicked amusements of the
    city being transplanted into our peaceful
    community, of the unholy passions that
    were aroused thereby, and especially the
    depths of depravity that followed the sin
    of covetousness. and as the full force of it
    all grew upon her, Mrs. Gaskell went home
    full of wrath and indignation. A night’s
    rest did much to calm her feelings, and as
    she reflected that the parson probably
    knew as little of any gambling game as he
    evidently did of Tiddledy-Winks, a smile
    played about her mouth, and she determined to give another entertainment, but
    this time for “gentlemen only.” Shortly after
    dinner she sent out three dainty little
    notes, one to Rev. Zephaniah Brown, and
    one each to the two elders of his church,Messrs. Davies and Burt. Each asked the
    person addessed to call on her that evening,
    and were all exactly alike, save that the Parson was asked to come at seven, Elder
    Davies at half-past seven, and Elder Burt
    at eight. As the time was so short, she
    thought it unlikely they would have an
    opportunity to compare notes, but in any
    event she must take her chance of that.At seven o’clock Mr. Brown rang the
    bell, and was shown into the pleasant parlor, where Mrs. Gaskell received him in her
    most bewitching manner. But the Reverend
  • Page 269: gentleman was ready for Delilah and wore
    his most forbidding frown—he made nodoubt that his sermon had struck home and
    was prepared to do his duty in admonishing a repentant sinner or calling down
    the terrors of the law on a stiff-necked
    and rebellious one. Mrs. Gaskell read him
    like an open book, and after a few general
    remarks led the conversation to the subject
    in hand.”Mr. Brown,” she said, ” I took the liberty
    of intruding on your valuable time to ask
    you who it is that has been introducing
    gambling into this quiet nook? You know
    my husband is a Justice of the Peace, and
    I want to urge him to get out a warrant
    and stop such wickedness.”The minister looked a little nonplussed,
    but bringing the tips of the fingers of both
    hands together, said solemnly, “He that
    regardeth iniquity in his heart is no less
    wicked than he that committeth the overt
    act.”Mrs. Gaskell dropped her anxious look
    and settling back into her chair with a sigh
    of relief, said, “Oh, that is it! Of course it
    is very wicked, but I cannot help being
    glad that no one has really done it yet, because you know some one else might have
    seen it and been led astray. But,” sheadded, looking up into his face with the
    confidingness of a child “do you think it
    would do to arrest them for thinking about
    gambling?”Mr. Brown had an uncomfortable feeling
    of being quizzed, and said severely, ” Madam, I am sorry to say that it is by you
    our young people are being led astray.””I!” was the exclamation, in great surprise;” I beseech you tell me how that can
    be?””Yes, Madam, you, with your unholy
    games.””Is it possible.” was the reply, “that by
    all these dreadful things you mean my poor
    little Tiddledy-Winks party?””I know nothing of the names by which
    the Devil chooses to deceive even the very
    elect at times, but from what I have heard,
    I believe this to be one of those sinful
    games that lead to all manner of iniquity.”It was hard for Mrs. Gaskell to look becomingly penitent and serious, but she
    said, “Surely Mr. Brown, you have never
    seen the game,” and before the gentleman
    could remonstrate she had pulled from behind a screen a little table tightly covered
    with felt, with a box of Tiddledy-Winks in
    the center. Talking as fast as she could to
    prevent interruption, she went on: “Of
    course I will never play again if you really
    disapprove it, and I am very sorry I should
    have been the means of introducing it to
    others, but really it does not seem quite
    fair that you should altogether condemn us
    without seeing what the game is. Just look
    at that simple little box—you will see that it
    is a game in which there can be no money,
    no stake of any kind—just these little bits
    of ivory and that tiny giass. We place the
    glass in the middle, so—and divide up these
    little ‘winks’ (isn’t it a funny name?),
    putting six on each side the table like that;
    then suppose I was the first player, I would
    take this largest bit of ivory and try to flip
    a small one into the glass. There, you see
    I got that one in, and that gives me another
    trial—there, that one missed—you see it is
    quite a silly game, but some persons
    are more successful in playing than
    others.”The Parson listened in spite of himself
    and as he watched the slim little fingers
    toying with the bits of ivory, he thought
    he could put them in oftener in spite of his
    larger hands. Mrs. Gaskell went on explaining, he got interested without intending it. and did not realize that they were
    really playing a game till the door opened
    noiselessly, and Elder Davies was shown
    into the room. The Parson looked very
    much confused, but Mrs. Gaskell never
    changed her position, only offered her hand
    cordially and said, “I am so glad you have
    come Mr. Davies; I was showing Mr. Brown
    how much he was mistaken about my poor
    Tiddledy -Winks; now I can show you
    at the same time. Pray take a seat there
    between us. Place those six little green
    buttons in front of you and with the larger
    one in your hand, you will soon see what
    an innocent amusement it is.””Thank you.” said Mr. Davies, who was
    delighted to find himself in such good
    company; “my wife has told me a great deal
    about the delightful time she had at your
    party, and it is contrary to all discipline,
    you know, for the Elder’s wife to know
    more than the Elder!”
  • Page 270: And thus it happened that for half an
    hour Mrs. Gaskell had a very lively three-handed game in her parlor, which was only
    interrupted by the entrance of Elder Burt.
    To say that all three gentlemen were astonished is to put it very mildly, and the hostess
    was the only one thoroughly at ease. With
    tiic sweetest smile, she shook hands with
    the new guest, and. making room for him
    beside herself, said:”You are just in time Mr. Burt. Someone has been maligning my little game and
    I was showing our good friends here
    what a harmless thing it is. I could
    not be happy a moment if the leading
    gentlemen of the community disapproved
    it,” and she bowed comprehensively, “but
    really I think when you know what it is you
    will all agree with me that it is better than
    talking about one’s neighbors as we are so
    apt to do when we have nothing special to
    occupy us. Mr. Davies, will you please pass
    me those small white men that Mr. Burt
    may see for himself how it is?”At last Mrs. Gaskell felt herself a
    success. In spite of prejudice and the pride
    of consistency, she was playing a four-
    handed game in her own parlor with the
    minister and both his elders. The time flew
    on fairy wings for these staid gentlemen, all
    unused as they were to any form of amuse-ment and when at length the door opened
    again, and a trim little maid entered with
    cups of strong aromatic coffee, such as
    elderly men love, together with some dainty
    cakes, all were surprised and just a little
    ashamed to find that it was late. Mrs. Gaskell bowed them sweetly from the door, and
    she always said her only regret was that
    her husband was from home and did not
    witness her victory.
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Computer Weekly (UK)

? late 1979 (Winking World 34, page 4)

Computer World

25 Jun 1979 Volume 13 Number 26 Page 7 “Judge Recesses U.S. vs. IBM to Study Motions” by Connie Winkler

  • “I have not been playing tiddledy-winks. I have not been on vacation.” Edelstein said about the break, which is unusually long even for this trial, now in its fifth year.

The Congregationalist

26 Jan 1901 Volume 86 Number 4 Page 137 Article: The Conversation Corner

  • Dear Mr. Martin […]
  • I had lots of games and toys at Christmas, a game of fish-pond from my aunt, a game of tiddledy-winks from one of my boyfriends, and another aunt gave me a game of parlor croquet. […]
  • Harold H.

Congressional Record (United States Congress)

3 Aug 2007 Volume 153, Issue 127, page H9666 column 2
  • Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, we just
    heard it straight out: You don’t need to
    see the bill. You will see it whenever
    we want to give it to you. You don’t
    need it. All we are doing down here is
    playing tiddlywinks with national security.

Contemporary Review

Aug 1894 Volume 66 Page 246 “The Home or the Barrack for the Children of the
by Henrietta O. Barrett.

  • Page 246: Recreation rooms were provided for both boys and girls, and the long winter evenings were anything but dreary, for when school was done and work over the children gathered in the brilliantly lit, hot-pipe-heated rooms and played draughts, bagatelle,
    lotto, or tiddly-winks.

The Cosmopolitan

Jul 1895 Volume 19 Number 3 “The Maltese Cat” by Rudyard Kipling

  • Page 308: “Who said anything about biting? I’m not playing tiddlywinks. I’m playing the game.”
Oct 1895 Volume 19 Number 6 “The Parker Games” advertisement

  • (no page number): Our illustrated catalogue describing “Innocence Abroad,” “Chivalry,” “Penny Post,” “Kringle,” “Tiddledy Winks,” and 100 other games, on receipt of 2c. stamp.

Current Opinion

Sep 1891 Volume 8 Number 1 “Current Literature”/”Brief and Critical Comment”

  • Page 159-160: Mrs. Amelia E. Barr, writing in The North American Review, takes this view of the matter: “The true writer gives his whole intellect and his whole time to his work, and he is satisfied to do so. He has no time and no interest to spare for tiddledy-winks and donkey parties, nor even for progressive euchre. […]”
Jul 1924 57 “The Golden Honeymoon” by Ring Lardner

Dialog Chronolog [ISSN 0163-3732]

Jan 1984 Page 84:26 “Record of the Month”. NATwA listing from Gale’s
Encyclopedia of Associations, submitted by Shapiro.


~Winter 1983-84 Listing of NATwA’s Continentals tournament

Disarmament Times (NGO Disarmament
Committee, UN)

6 Oct 1980 Page 4 “Back to the drawing board on the NPT!”, editorial.

Discover (US)

Apr 1993 Volume 14 Number 4 Page 60(9) “Loops of space” (a possible theory of quantum

Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York

3 Jan 1917Assembly No. 19 Volume 140 Number 8 Page 31
  • Page 30: Donations in Clothing, Materials, Etc.December, 1915Friends of Auburn, N. Y.. through Mrs. Mary Robbins, […]
  • Page 31: 4 games “Peter
    Gobble,” “Tiddledy Winks,” “Table Croquet,” “Round World,”

The Draughts Players’ Weekly Bulletin

21 Nov 1896 Page 35 “London Notes”

  • Page 35: I am the happy possessor of a monster pen’north in the “Sunlight” Yearbook.” In addition to treatises on Veal stuffing, Tiddley Winks and Double Sixes, the work contains an article on Draughts in which the gifted author is good enough to remark that the game “may call forth a fair amount of skill.”

Dun’s Business Month (US)

Nov 1981 Page 84 “Satisfying Cable’s Vast Appetite for Programming” excerpt

The Economist

18 Nov 1947 Page 626 “End of Act Two”; (“alerted lexicographers to
figurative usage” —Shapiro)

  • yet when its first icy gust blew in the
    windows of the Cabinet room […], it found Ministers playing tiddleywinks.
27 Dec 1980 Page 13 “Marching past Georgia” excerpt
10 Dec 1988 Page 45 “By the squidging of their thumbs….” (preventing
multiple voting in Ghana) (“squidge”)
4 Mar 1989 Volume 310 Number 7592 Page 57(1) “A gap in the learning market; Britain’s only
private university has lessons for its state-financed competitors ” re
University of Buckingham

  • little time for partying, student politics, or
    tiddlywinks societies.
27 Feb 1993 Volume 326 Number 7800 Page 96(1) Vol. 326. “The royal game” (court tennis) by David

  • Do not, however, assume a contest on a physical par with
    tiddlywinks: real tennis (meaning “royal”, rather than “genuine”, and also
    known as court tennis) is the finest racquet sport of all
digital copy

Journal of Educational Sociology (American Sociological Association)

Oct 1933 Volume 7 Number 2 Pages 117-1212 “A Discussion of Criteria or Standards of Educational Value with Special Reference to Woodworking” by Fred Strickler

  • They must choose, they must identify themselves with the activity whole-heartedlyor they would better be playing “tiddledy-winks” or thinking about …

The English Illustrated Magazine

May 1908 Page 155 “A Scientific Game” by Agnes Hood

  • Page 155: The lady speaks: “Oh, yes, I’m devoted to whist; I know you men think we poor women can’t play a bit, but really you’re quite wrong. I’ve been told I play a very pretty game. It is so nice and intellectual, isn’t it? It makes one think. No, I don’t care for most games, they are such waster of time, don’t you think so? A friend of mine spends hours, positively hours, over Tiddleywinks. I often say to her, my dear Mary, how can you? I call it really wicked to waste one’s time so.

The English Journal

March 1919 Volume 8 Number 3 “Protecting the Theme-Reader” by Homer A. Watt, New York University

  • Page 170: The principal charge against Freshman English is that it is uninspiring. It does not engage the teacher’s mind sufficiently nor pay back in intellectual stimulation the efforts expended upon it. To descend from several years of graduate study of the best literature in the world to extensive and intensive reading of what the Atlantic Clubber calls the worst literature in the world is like a descent from chess to tiddledywinks.

Entertainment Weekly

16 Jun 1995 Number 279 Page 58(2) “Head Over Heels” (sound recording reviews)


Sep 1949 Volume 31 Number 3 Whole Number 190 Pages 76-77 “Love and Tiddlywinks” by Martin Gardner

  • So the first word I called out was ‘Tiddlywinks
Feb 1984 Page 12 “American Beat”/”For Members Only” by Bob
Greene. Section re Larry Kahn
Mar 1999 “The Screen: And the Leni Riefenstahl ward for Rabid Nationalism Goes to… ” by Tom Carson

  • Spielberg turns him back into Sergeant York, and his feats make the real one’s look like tiddlywinks.


Apr 1962 somewhere in Pages 160-185 “Child training and game involvement” by J. M.
Roberts & Brian Sutton-Smith

Everybody’s (UK)

Apr 1906 Volume 14 Number 4 “The Gathering of the Churches”/”Graft in the Wage System” by Eugene Wood

  • Page 466: “Open and honorable competition!” What do our “moral teachers” think the scuffle for a living is? A game of tiddledywinks?
[Everybody’s Magazine]
Mar 1912 Volume 26 Number 3 “Otherwhere” by Leon Rutledge Whipple

  • Page 527: “They hop like tiddledywinks on green felt,” she called to John, laughing against the fence.
3 May 1958 Pages 14-15 Well and True Tiddled, short story by Russell Gordon. Illustration original
17 May 1958 Tiddlywinks query by Peter Downes (see Winks Rampant)

Fab (pop music fan magazine) (UK?)

___ 1965 About Spencer Davis (see Winking World 8, page 16)

Fabrics Fancy Goods and Notions (US)

Oct 1905 Volume 39 Number 10 Page 32 “Dolls and Toys”

  • The Tiddledy Winks Ring game is another attractive game of Tiddledy Winks. At one end of the bottom of the box there is a circle in which are set fourteen pins, each one inside a smaller circle and numbered from one to fourteen. The implements consist of two Tiddledys and four Ring Winks, which are snapped from a felt disc. The game is played very much on the order of puoits, the object being to ring the pins counting the highest numbers, and it requires considerable skill to do this. The game sells for $2.00 a dozen, and each one is supplied with full instructions as to how it is played.

Famous Jersey Cattle (Serial Historical Magazine)

Nov 1922 Volume 1 Number 1 Advertising Section Page 14 “Tiddledywink’s Majesty King 181784, AJCC” and more
Nov 1922 Editorial Section Pages 259, 266, 274 “Three Generations of Notable Descent from the Bull, Favorite’s Lad”

Fabrics Fancy Goods and Notions (New York, US)

Oct 1905 Volume 39 Number 10 Page 32 Column 2
  • Page 32 (headline): Dolls and ToysFurther Information Gladly Furnished[…]The Tiddledy Winks Ring game is another attractive
    game of Tiddledy Winks. At one end of the bottom of
    the box there is a circle in which are set fourteen pins,
    each one inside a smaller circle and numbered from one
    to fourteen. The implements consist of two Tiddledys
    and four Ring Winks, which are snapped from a felt
    disc. The game is played very much on the order of
    puoits [sic, should be quoits], the object being to ring the pins counting the
    highest numbers, and it requires considerable skill to do
    this. The game sells for $2.00 a dozen, and each one is
    supplied with full instructions as to how it is played.


Aug? 1999 “NASA should hire tiddlywink players to be astronauts”


10 Dec 2007 Forbes Life section “You Don’t Know Tiddly” by Dick Teresi


22 Oct 1990 Volume 122 Number 10 Page 121(3) “Do you push your people too hard?”
Aut-Win 1993 Volume 128 Number 13 Page 14(4) “The best ways to reach your buyers” (The Tough
New Customer) (cover story)

Game & Puzzle Collectors Quarterly (Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors) (ISSN 1529-4706)

Summer 2008 Volume 10 Number 2 Page 20 “TIDDLYWINKS”/”A ROYAL MATCH” by Rick Tucker original

Game Researchers’ Notes (American Game Collectors Association) (ISSN 1050-6608)

Jun 1988 (#3) Page 5032 “Archives Information Listing” (“Instr –-
E. I. Horsman – Tiddledy Winks (2) – ca. 1890 – Lee & Rally
Dennis”; “Instr – E. I. Horsman – Tiddledy Wink Tennis – 1890 Lee
& Rally Dennis”; (handwritten by E. I. Horsman) “also Tidly Winks The New
Round Game”; “Instr – McLoughlin Bros – Tiddledy Winks (3) – 1890
– Lee & Rally Dennis”)
Page 5034 “Instr — ? – Tiddledy Winks — ? – John
Page 5042 Reprint of ad for Horsman’s Tiddledywink Tennis”
(“Tiddledy Winks Tennis © 1890 by E. I. Horsman; From the collection of Lee &
Rally Dennis”)
Dec 1989 (#6) Page 5103 “Games Wanted” (“Chuck Hoey is looking for
early Lawn Tennis (pre-1900) & all racket games. In particular Geo. S. Parker […] Tiddledy Winks Tennis […], E. I. Horsman […] Tiddledy Winks Tennis”)
Page 5104 “Game Catalog Responses” (“All Fair, Inc.
– 1928 Blinky Blinx (#411)”)
Aug 1992 (#12) Page 7 “Robinson Crusoe’s Farmyard and The Wide, Wide
How a Card Game led to the publication of a Victorian Best-seller”
(“It was a far better game than ‘Tiddle-de-Winks’.”)
Page 17 “Four Moons Tiddledy Winks” listed for Selchow
& Righter for 1865 (sic)
Jun 1993 (#14) Page 5321 “Jaymar is Game for 70th Anniversary” by
Bruce Whitehill (“Donald Duck’s Tiddley Winx” (sp?))
Page 5323 Ad: “Chuch Hoey is looking for […] M.B.’s
Tiddeldy Wink Tennis” (sic)
Jun 1994 (# 17) Pages 5374, 5377 “The Leo Hart Company and Playtime House: Rochester
Printer and Puzzle Maker” by Anne D. Williams
Feb 1995 (#19) Page 5421 “Comics and Cartoons Board Games” by Alex G.
Malloy/ (“Disney did well getting their games into the marketplace. In the 1930s
Whitman produced various Disney games including […] Disney Tiddley Winks”)
Jun 1995 (#20) Page 5467 “NEWS”/”AGCA Mid-West Regional Meeting”
(… “a display of early games from the Midland County Historical Society, which
included […] Tiddly Wink games;””)
Feb 1996 (#22) Page 5505 “The Lilly Library Archives” by Jim van Fleet. Re
antique set “Over the Garden Wall” by E. I. Horsman
Page 5506 2 black & white photos of “Over the Garden
Page 5513 “Keeping in Touch” by Robert Finn. Re Tucker’s
tiddlywinks web site on the Internet
Page 5516 Black & white reproduction of Tucker’s tiddlywinks
home page on the Internet
Page 5522 “An Important Antique Toy & Game Auction”.
Cites McLoughlin “Combination Tiddley (sic) Winks”
Oct 1996 (#24) front cover Zimmerling game patent. original
Pages 5552-5561 “Tiddlywinks: The Classic Victorian Pastime: On Target
for the 21st Century” by Rick Tucker. 6 photographs of antique sets.
back cover E. I. Horsman’s “Ring-A-Peg” original

Game Times (American Game Collectors Association) (ISSN 1050-6594)

Spring 1985 Page 5 (Vol. 1 #1) “GAMES PEOPLE PLAYED—AND STILL
DO!” (“Many more games from the late 1800s and early 1900s are still with us.
TIDDLY WINKS, also spelled TIDDLEDY, can be found before the turn of the centure
with instructions as to how to “tiddle the wink”, the tiddle being the larger
disk which was snapped against the wink, or smaller disk.”)
Page 5 “GAME TRIVIA” (‘1. What does it mean to
“tiddle your wink”?’)
Page 11 “COMMON GAMES” (“Generic Games […] TIDDLEDY WINKS”) original
Late Summer 1985 Page 12 (Vol. 1 #2) “GAME TALLY” (“Chaffee &
Selchow […] TIDDLEDY WINKS”)
Summer 1987 Page 105 (Vol. III #2, Issue #7) “FEATURED COMPANY:
TRANSOGRAM” (“The 1930s also saw Transogram expand into the area of games. From
the 1935 BIG BUSINESS to the 1938 GAME OF INDIA and TIDDLEDY WINKS, the company started
featuring more colorful graphics and more interactive games.”)
Aug 1992 Page 377 (Vol. VIII, #2, Issue #18) “FISH… TO GAMES… TO
GARDENING” by Anne D. Williams. (Reference to NATwA)
Apr 1994 Page 504 (Vol. X, #1, Issue # 23) Ad by Rick Tucker
Aug 1994 Page 517 (Vol. X, #2, Issue # 24) “All-Fair Games, Cards, and
Puzzles” by Anne D. Williams. Reference to Fairchild’s 1958 catalog
Page 519 Reproduction of Alderman-Fairchild’s ad in Playthings
(1928) with Blinky Blinx Tiddledy Winks
Dec 1994 Page 552 (Vol. X, #3, Issue # 25) Ad by Rick Tucker “Tiddleywinks
from 1888 to date.”
Dec 1995 Page 602 (Vol. XI, #3, Issue # 28) “Subject: Aftermath” with
Rick Tucker’s email re Bloomington convention.
Page 607, 608 Photos of Rick Tucker “as a tiddlywink” at the
Bloomington convention
Page 613 “Online” reference to Tucker’s web page
Apr 1996 Page 630 (Vol. XII, # 1, Issue # 29) “Subject: RE: Monopoly on
the cereal box……” with Tucker email excerpt re Trix tiddlywinks.


Feb 1992 Page 54 “TIDDLYWINKS” under “The Game and Puzzle
Events Calendar”

Games and Puzzles (UK)

Nov 1973 (#19) Page 7 “Tiddlywinks” by Alan Dean
May 1974 (#24) Page 22 “Tiddly-winks (American style)” letter by Philip M.
Cohen (early version of Verbatim article)

General Register Office (UK) Civil Registration Index

Births Registered in July, August, September 1863 Page 330 Entry: “Fincher, Joseph Assheton [sub-registrar’s district] “Andover” [volume] 2c [page] 174″.Andover is in Hampshire, Wiltshire, England digital copy (NATwA)
July, August, and September 1900 Deaths Page 107 Column 1 Entry: “Fincher, Joseph Assheton [age] 36 [district] “Lambeth” [volume] 1.d. [page] 181″.Lambeth is in Greater London, London, Surrey, England digital copy (NATwA)

The Journal of Genetic Psychology

May 1960 Volume 96 Page 168 “A revised conception of masculine-feminine differences
in play activities” by B. G. Rosenberg & Brian Sutton-Smith (“Tiddle di

Golf Illustrated (UK)

11 May 1900 Volume 4 Number 48 Page 129 Section: On the Ladies’ Links.Article: A New Golf GameText: “Golf Links” is the title of a new parlour game invented by Major Barter. Without being so ambitious and complicated as some of the variations on Golf which we have seen, it appears to be full of interest and to resemble the game closely enough to justify its title. The board, which is of a handy size for a morning room table, represents a short course, and in the centre is placed a circular box divided into compartments of different values. From the green felt-covered corners of the board the players flick their counters into the box on the “tiddly wink” principle. A small leaden sphere, flattened at the bottom, represents the actual ball and is placed in the position on the board which the number scored by the player entitles it to. The course abounds in hazards which entail the regular golfing penalties. “Golf Links” should provide a fund of amusement for winter evenings and wet days. It can be obtained at the Army and Navy Stores for 3s. 9d.

Golfers Magazine (US)

Jan 1922 Page 40 Advertisement:

  • You Can Do Everything You Do on a Regular Golf Course withHolland’s Indoor Golf GameThe Most Fascinating Indoor Game Invented in YearsYou “hook em,” “slice em,” “dub em” but practice will make you a perfect player.[…]
  • Illustration of golf game board
Digital copy (NATwA)


Dec 1992 Page 186 Coumn 2 “Tom Cruise From the Neck Up” by Stephanie

Harper’s New Monthly Magazine

Jan 1891 Page 198 Column 1 Volume 82 Number 498 “LONDON MUSIC HALLS” by F. Anstey (“‘No, she won’t, old Tiddlywinks!’ says the boy, rising suddenly from his hiding-place.”)
Dec 1891 Page 3 Column 2 Volume 84 Number 499 “LITERARY NOTES” (“He had not been fed on caramels, he had never been taught to drum on the piano in country hotels, and he had never player Tiddledy Winks.”)
___ 1892 Page 170
  • […] because the clerk came out of his office, swept them into a drawer, and invited me to join him in a game of tiddledywinks.
Jan 1893 Page 170 Column 2 Volume 86 Number 512 “The Old Way to Dixie” by Julian Ralph (“But they evidently were only a bit of accidental drift from wide-awake St. Louis, and not intended for the passengers, because the clerk came out of his office, swept them into a drawer, and invited me to join him in a game of tiddledywinks. He added to the calm pleasures of the game by telling of a Kentucky girl eleven feet high, who stood at one end of a very wide table and shot the disks into the cup from both sides of the table without changing her position. I judged from his remarks that she was simply a tall girl who played well at tiddledywinks.”) Digital copy (NATwA)

Harper’s Bazar

Mar 1910 Page 196 Column 4 “New Games” (“There is a new tiddledy-winks
game, with spring-boards […]”)


Apr 1979 Page 161 Column 3 Ad “TIDDLYWINKS GAMES!” by Fred Shapiro photocopy

Hobbies Weekly (UK)

18 Nov 1959 Volume 129 Number 3336 Pages 116-117 “Make this exciting game”/”Tiddleywinks Carpet Golf” by L. A. Gribble. 2 illustrations original

The Illustrated American

23 May 1891 Volume 7 Number 66 Page 3 “Current Comment”

  • Page 3: “DOORATCHKY.”—There is no simpler game of cards than the Russian “dooratchky,” which may be freely translated as “tiddly-winks.”
1 Aug 1891 Volume 7 Number 76 Page 523 Column 1 “Correspondence”

  • Page 523: If you find it quite impossible to provide for dancers, try progressive games. Have as many tables as you like, and arrange a different game at every table. At one, jackstraws; at another, jack-stones; for the third, bagatelle; for the fourth, checkers; and so on till the last table, where euchre is played. Lotto parties are very nice sometimes, and for just the kind of entertainment you wish, tiddleywinks is played.

The Illustrated London News

1970 Volume 257 Number 1
  • … recently became so popular that the English Tiddlywinks Association published a set of international rulesPundits will argue hours over two competing strategies. The “Pot-Squop” school plump for one player in a tiddley pair to pot his winks while the other delays the opposition team by “squopping” (covering) their winks with his own.
    The ” Double-Squop ” school prefers both players of the pair to cover their opponents’ winks before going for the pot.

Illustrated World

Dec 1917 Volume 28, Issue 4 “Toys Made from Odds and Ends” by Jane Nesbitt

  • Page 582: An appropriate war game may be made after the fashion of “Tiddley-winks”. THe front elevation of a fort is drawn in pencil on a piece of stout cardboard and colored with paints or crayons. Windows are cut out,and the whole is made to stand upright by the addition of two or three triangular supports. [Illustration at top left]Each player in turn places his small counters (generally sixe) anywhere in front of the fortress. He is now the attacking party, and his object is to shoot his counters through the different windows. If he succeeds in sending a counter through the
  • Page 620: window, then he “kills” a certain number of the “enemy”. The winner is the player who “kills” the greatest number in a given time. Any shot missing the fort entirely, going over, or missing at the sides, is a wasted shot, and counts one figure off the player’s score.

The Independent

7 Jan 1904 Page 495Volume 56Jan-Jun 1904 “An Excursion in Higher Criticism” by Frank Crane, D.D.”

  • A RECENT ministerial meeting discussed the question as to the ethical bearings of the game called tiddledy-winks. […]
  • Note, first, the nature of the issue. The question is not whether the game of tiddledy is harmful to the young, nor the game of winks, but tiddledy-winks, a compound expression, embodying two ideas in one. […]
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The Independent (New York)

19 Sep 1919 Volume 99 Number 3693 Page 379 Section: Pebbles

  • From the Personal column of the London Times:


  • Would like to play Tiddlywinks.—Sweetheart.


1979 Volume 89
  • […] David Lockwood. Flipping little disks into a cup may be acceptable for five-year-olds, but for tournament players, it’s the “squop” shot. […]

The International Bookseller

26 Mar 1892 Volume 1 Number 1
  • Page 6: De Witt Publishing House […]The same house has just issued a new book
    by John Kendrick Bangs, author of “Tiddledy-wink Tales,” which proved to be the best child’s
    book of the year. The new volume is called The Tiddledywink’s Poetry Book,” and is a
    large quarto with full-page illustrations byCharles Howard Johnson. The text is printed
    in a colored border, and the cover alone will re-commend it to the heart of every child.
1 Oct 1892 Volume 1 Number 27
  • Page 459: “In Camp with a Tin
    Soldier,” by John Kendrick Bangs, is a sequel to
    the delightful “Tiddledywink Tales,” and recounts the further adventures of that engaging
    little lad, Jimmieboy; it is charmingly illustrated by E. M. Ashe, and can be had separately
    or in a box with “Tiddledywink Tales.” Mr.
    Bangs has also prepared a large picture book
    with humorous verses called “The Tiddledy-wink’s Poetry Book,” illustrated by CharlesHoward Johnson. This book will be as popularwith the children as the Brownie books were.
    Large quarto, with illuminated covers, 30 full-page illustrations, and colored borders to text.
    Bound in boards.

Jouets et Jeux de France

1953 (3rd edition) Page 304 Catalog entry “Puces” with eight listings of
photocopy; original (Pascal Pontremoli)
1956 (5th edition) Page 266 Catalog entry “Puces” with twelve listings of
photocopy; original (Pascal Pontremoli)
1957 (6th edition) Pages 270-271 Catalog entry “Puces” with twelve listings of
photocopy; original (Pascal Pontremoli)

Journal of Jurisprudence and Scottish Law Magazine

Nov 1890 Volume 34 Number 407 “The Month”

  • Page 609: Tiddley-Winks.—There is a report of a case in the Australian Law Times which involved the question whether the word “tiddley-wink” is libellous. A Chief Justice and two puisne judges deliberated upon this delicate matter, and decided in the negative. An “expert in slang” was called as a witness at the trial, who defined “tiddley-winking” to mean “using little dodges to obtain his own ends.” The jury declined to find this libellous, and the Court refused to disturb their decision. It is clear that the “expert in slang” did not know what he was talking about. Tiddley-winks, as most people know, is a game played with counters on a table, the object being to jerk the counters into a small
  • Page 610: cup in the centre of the table. To call a man a tiddley-wink, therefore, is no more libellous than to call him a lawn-tennis racquet.

The Judge

1921 Volume 81 Page 31
  • Page 31, illustration at right: Mr. MonkTake my advicequit golf and stick to tiddledy-winks!
  • Page 31 (heading): When It Took Courage to Keep StillBy Minnie Leona Upton […]

Kindergarten Review

Apr 1909 Volume 19 Page 505 “Happy Farmers” by Camilla Kendall

  • Page 505: Kenneth, whose father is a draughtsman and skillful with a knife, brought a most perfectly made windmill for the barnyard, and Edwin furnished a “Tiddledy Winks” cup for a watering trough.

Ladies Home Journal (US)

Jun 1991 Page 82 and later “Playing together” (family recreation for the
summer months)

The League of American Wheelmen Bulletin and Good Roads (US)

19 Apr 1895 Volume 21, Number 16, Page 30 “SPOKES FROM THE FELLOES”

  • The senior editor and his associate will be the guest of the Woodbridge Club on Wednesday evening of this week, and we believe that no other gentlemen will be present. The two knights of the pen are not very strong at whist, and for their special entertainment a program has been arranged, which will allow them to revel in the delights of jackstraws and tiddledywinks. We never could absorb ourselves in whist when a pretty girl was smiling at us from across the way, but tiddledy-winks is full of delightful opportunity, especially when the young lady wears an expression on her face that is most becoming.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Library Journal

15 Apr 1978 Page 790 “Books or tiddlywinks”, letter by Lillie Struble

  • Have we sold our precious heritage in exchange for frivolity and a game of

Liberty Review (UK)

Jan 1903 Page 22 Volume 13 “TO THOSE WHOM IT MAY CONCERN”

  • Page 22: SPORTSMAN.—We thank you for sending us the catalogue of Messrs. John Jaques & Son, 102, Hatton Garden, E.C., giving particulars of the latest “Parlour Games.” These prove unmistakably that the march of intellect is becoming quicker every day we live. “Wibbly-Wob”; the new varieties of “Tiddledy-Winks”; “Snick-Kick”; “Blow Football”; “Ludo”; “Pliffkins”; “Bumble-Puppy”; “Curliwigs”; “Loto”; “Flitterkins”; “Shantu”; and the rest of these pastimes which we see, are described as “intellectual and exciting,” are a complete justification of State-supported schools and free libraries. We hold that, in view of these marvellous evidences of the blessings of popular education, the citizen who curses the upward tendency of the school-rate is a disgrace to the enlightened age in which he lives. It may or may not be true that Wellington declared that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton: of this be assured, all future British victories will be entirely due to either “Wibbly-Wob” or “Bumble-Puppy.” We have already seen, in South Africa, what an intimate knowledge of the rules of “Ping-Pong” can do for the British Army; and the way in which General Buller crossed and recrossed the Tugela till he did not know which side he was on, or whether he was in the middle, demonstrated conclusively that “Tiddledy-Winks” is an indispensable adjunct to the study of military manœvres.
Apr 1918 Volume 43 Page 240 “The Housewife’s Glee” song by Carolyn Wells, from Life magazine

  • Here are some records, old, I knowBut they’ll like any song;A
    nd these nice games must surely go —Tiddledy-winks, ping-pong.

Life (earlier magazine)

1 Oct 1896 Page 245 Volume 28 Number 718 “AT TIDDLY-WINKS-BY-THE-SEA” article with illustration.

  • The season at Tiddly-Winks had not been over-successful. […]
29 Nov 1917 Number 1831 Page 863
  • Page 863: The Housewife’s GleeA BOON the soldiers are to me.With joy to them I sendOld magazines and books, you see,And papers without end.This “Care of Children ” I can spare,And just as well as notThey can have that old Bible there—That fine-print polyglot.Then here is “Hints for Losing
    Weight”;And now—just let me see—Yes, I’ll send ” Bridge Rules Up-to-date “;The date is ’03.Oh, here’s a row of funny books.Well, I won’t touch that shelf;They’re full of stories, by their
    looks,I’d like to read myself.Here are some records, old, I know,But they’ll like any song;And these nice games must surelygo— -Tiddledy -winks, ping-pong.These playing-cards will make them
    glad!They’re sticky, I’m afraid—But in our club we’ve always hadCaramels while we played.There! I’ve worked hard those boys
    to please.You see, I hate to knit,And so I send such things as these.And feel I’ve done my bit!Carolyn Wells.


5 Dec 1938 Volume 5 Number 23 Page 88 Advertisement by O. Schoenhut, Inc., 2001 E. Hagert St., Philadelphia, Pa.

  • TIDDLE TENNISTable tennis with tiddly winks, 50c
27 Dec 1948 Volume 25 Number 26 Page 2 “Letters to the Editor”

  • Page 2: Sirs:I admire your marvelous courage in doing “The Chicago Rackets” but aren’t you risking a kick in the teeth or a slug in the belly?You spoiled a beautfiful illusion with this writer by digging up the ghosts of Capone. I thought they had all turned to tiddlywinks.But as long as they have evidently tucked away their heaters, are making their graft payments happily and are keeping Chicagoans and suburbanites biologically, economicall and pschologically merry, why not let sleeping dogs keep their bones buried?Mal HigginsCottage Grove, Ore.
28 Apr 1952 Volume 32 Number 17 Page 117 “Eisenhower of Abiliene”

  • At one time he threatened to get interested in life and won his “A” by being the most promising bacvk in Eastern football—but the Tufts game broke his knee and the promise. Now Ike must content himself with tea, tiddledywinks and talk, at all of which he excels.
22 Aug 1960 Ad or reference to Harvard University tiddleywinks competition [to be confirmed]
14 Dec 1962 Pages 121-22 “… Hold that Squop!” re Harvard; citation of
Carnovsky’s potting feat. 5 photos
11 Jan 1963 Page 22 Letter “Hold that Squop” from Avrom I. Doft (University of Pennsylvania in 1958) photocopy
Sep 1988 Volume 11 Number 11 Page 82(4) “Obsessed: says America’s Cup sailor Dennis
Cooper, ‘Competition is life’s blood, and I’m a vampire.'”

Light (A Journal of Social Worcester (Massachusetts) and her neighbors)

20 September 1890 Volume 2 Number 30 Page 21 Column 3 Advertisement

  • Page 21: Tiddledy Wink !JUST OUT. The most enchanting and fascinating
    game for young or old in the market. All the rage in
    Boston and New York. Price, only 25c. For sale byC. F. HANSOM & CO., 317 Main Street.
27 Sep 1890 Volume 2 Number 31 Page 12 Column 2
  • Page 10 (headline): With Reed and Lyre and Voice.
  • Page 12: It
    appears that Mr. Johnson is striking out in the
    right direction. His dramatic singing is proviing satisfactory in large measure, and it is
    pleasant to hear that fine voice in somethingbeside the tiddledy -winks which the Ruggles
    Street Quartet has to sing frequently. Hesang down the orchestra, with the brass a trille
    headstrong, very satisfactorily.
27 Sep 1890 Volume 2 Number 31 Page 27 Column 2
  • Page 27: Tiddledy Wink !JUST OUT. The most enchanting and fascinating
    game for young or old in the market. All the rage in
    Boston and New York. Price, only 25c. For sale byC. F. HANSOM & CO., 317 Main Street.
4 Oct 1890 Volume 2 Number 32 Page 3 Columns 1-2
  • Page 3: Society must have its favorite game each
    season. Last winter Worcester played whist,
    whist, whist, nothing but whist. Occasionally
    a euchre party intervened, or an evening of “progressive hearts”—though, for that matter, “progressive hearts” was probably played
    (without the cards) at a good many of the
    other parties. Poker, too, is said to be becoming quite the game in a social way. But late
    advices, which the newspapers are fond of
    talking about, seem to indicate that progressive tiddledy-wink will be one of the great
    games this winter, if not the leader of all. A
    Worcester lady who played it with the people
    at Bar Harbor, this summer, tells Light thatit had an immense vogue there and that it is
    really “great fun.” Light has not yet played tiddledy-wink, but there is a fascination about
    the name, and a tiddledy-wink party seems tosound just as well as a progressive whist
    séance. At any rate, the world must have itspastimes, and this seems to be a harmless and
    pleasurable one.
18 Oct 1890 Volume 2 Number 34 Page 5 Column 3
  • Page 4 (headline): About Folks.
  • Page 5: Worcester has a citizen named Winks. He is not a relative of Tiddledy .

Linn’s Stamp News

18 Dec 1978 Page 6 “Tiddlywinks Topical”. Query by Rick Tucker original

The Literary World

1892 Page 458 Review of John Kendrick Bangs book.

  • Although it is nonsense pure and simple, yet we venture to predict that Mr. Bang’s new book, Tiddledywink Tales, will be read and lauged over by a large number of grown-up readers. […]
17 Dec 1892 Page 480 “HOLIDAY BOOKS”

  • L. Prang & Co. issue among their many pleasing Christmas publications […] two humourous pictures of four owls playing “Whist” and four cats engaged at “Tiddledy-Winks,” by Mrs. S. C. Winn […]

Little Journeys to the Homes of Good Men and Great, by Elbert Hubbard

Jun 1895 Number 7 Page 342 “Shakespeare”

  • Page 342: You hear the jingle of keys, the flick of the whip, and the rattle of lawn mower; and a cold, secret fear takes possession of you—a sort of half-frenzied impulse to flee before smug modernity takes you captive and whisks you off to play tiddledy-winks or dance the racquet.

M The Magazine for Civilized Man

May 1989 Page: cover original (Tucker, Lockwood)
May 1989 Pages 4-6 “Civilized Fun”/”Child’s Play at Oxford”.
5 b&w photos. re CUTwC
Important; original (Tucker, Lockwood)


Sep 1970 (#137) Pages 43-48 “Makeus Sickby M.D.”
Date ___ ____ “Tiddleywinks Finals” in Wide World of Sports
parody. Drawn by Severin

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Aug 1955 photocopy

Management Today

Jan 1992 Page 5 “Power, pride and prejudice. (women in


May 2000 Page 62, Issue 62 “The Best of British”. Mention of Alan Dean’s World Singles win.

McClure’s Magazine

Feb 1918 Volume 51 Number 4 Page 46 “Leaks and Letters”

  • PERHAPS you will remember the time when we came very near having a smart brush with one of the big powers over a small, yet meaningful incident that occurred about a Latin American country. We took our stand on the Monroe doctrine and told the Big Power to go chase itself. Whether or not the B. P. woidd pay any attention to our warning was another matter. Things looked very tetise and exciting for a while. A lot of the jingo papers began calling for support of the President, no matter whether he declared war or not, and urging him to go the limit, in the defense of our dignity. Various legations hummed with activity and our state department worked all night and every night. The navy was put in lighting order — oh. we gave every sign of pulling up our shirt sleeves and getting ready to give somebody a good licking. Cables hummed ami the Cabinet met every day in long
    strenuous sessions Pour-parlers were tossed back and forth between our country and the Big Power like tiddledy winks and the war cloud got blacker and blacker and more menacing with every second.

Mind and Body, a monthly journal devoted to physical education

Jun 1899 Volume 6 Number 64 Page 77
  • Page 73 (headline): The Developmental Influences of James Herbert McKee, M.D.
  • Page 77: Boys
    delight in the use of tools during this period and in building all sorts
    of things ; making little streams and dams, paddle-wheels and boats,
    simple machinery of all kinds. Many games are now played — “duck-on-the-rock,” “black man,” “crokinole,” “leap-frog,”—simple feats of
    all kinds, turning somersaults, rolling over backward, marbles, “mumble-the-peg,” “prisoner’s base,” “puss in the corner,” ” tiddledy winks,” “touch wood.”

Missions: an International Baptist magazine

Jan 1917 Volume 8 Number 1 “Wants for Some One to Fill”

  • Page 48: The following is a list of game Miss Carpenter would like very much to have for use in her clubs for boys and girls. […] Brevet, Wonder Garden, Chuck a Luck, Wonderland Zoo, Parcheesi, Puff Billiards, Wall Toss, Funny Face Game, Parlor Croquet, Halma, Ping Pong, Picture Lotto, Jack Straws, Putting Tail on Donkey, King Ring, Hopla, TIddledy Winks, Croquet

MPLS-St. Paul Magazine (US)

Apr 1995 Volume 23 Number 4 Page 34(22) “Fifty-two weekend getaways” (in the Upper
Midwest region)
Aug 1995 Volume 23 Number 8 Page 52(2) “Bingo! Five rows, five columns of good clean

The Monthly Magazine, or, British Register (UK)

Dec 1840 Volume 4 Number 24 Page 571 “The Knave and the Deuce”/”A Horrible Story” by Sir Ephialtes Mooncalf, Knight-Mayor

  • Page 571: He cared not for ghosts, but he’d watched like a lynxFor the deuce when the dice he would rattle,And then the bad spirits he’d met with, methinks,At the low country taverns they call tiddleywinks,Might have used him to that sort of cattle.

Mosher’s Magazine: official organ of the Catholic Summer School

Apr 1902 Volume 20 Number 1 Page 135 “Book Reviews”

  • Bunt And Bill, by Clara Mulholland, opens with an exciting account of a game at tiddledy-winks, and has a masked lady in it.

Proceedings, National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (US)

26 Oct 1999 Volume 96 Number 22 Pages 12901-12904 “Vocal imitation in zebra finches is inversely related to model abundance” by Ofer Tchernichovski, Thierry Lints, Partha P. Mitra, and Fernando Nottebohm.

  • Song Tutoring Apparatus.
  • Each bird was kept singly in a soundproof box (50 × 30 × 27 cm3) throughout the experiment. The box contained two keys, 1 inch above each of two perches. Keys were prepared from 2-g lever switches (Cherry Elect E22–85HX; Wallingford, CT). We glued a red, ½-inch round, plastic tiddlywinks piece to the end of the lever and, above this, attached a small piece of cuttlebone. By pecking either of the keys, the bird could induce song playbacks from a 11/4-inch samarium cobalt speaker (Intervox S125RL; Washington, DC) hidden inside a plastic model of an adult zebra finch male.

National Magazine (US)

Oct 1902 Page 127Volume 17Number 1 “PING PONG”/”The Greatest of In-Door Games” by Henry Essex.

  • Page 127: This winter Ping-Pong will doubtless reach the greatest point of popularity that a game has ever attained.In the last twenty years there have been three great furores in games. These were Tiddledy Winks, flippant and foolish but still fascinating; Pillow Dex, the immensely popular game played with inflated Pillow Dex ballons, (which are struct to and fro across a dividing line) and Ping-Pong:—And the greatest of these is Ping-Pong. […]Of these three game Tiddledy Winks is entirely devoid of generalship or mental skill.

National Playing Fields Association Journal (UK)

1958 and after [probable]


7 Feb 2009 Volume 47 Page 1469 “Pointing to two imaginary targets at the same time: Bimanual allocentric andegocentric localization in visual form agnosic D.F.” by
David P. Carey, H. Chris Dijkerman, A. David Milner.

  • Page 1469: In
    the later experiments, we showed that requiring a sensorimotorresponse is not in itself sufficient to allowfor near-normal localizationin pointing. D.F. made aiming movements directly to colouredtokens (“tiddlywinks”) on a fixed workspace containing 3–5 elements.

New England Monthly (US)

Oct 1986 “Caution: Geniuses at Work and Play” re MIT.
Mention. Reprinted in Reader’s Digest, Oct 1987.

New Era (The official monthly magazine for youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) (US)

Mar 1978 Page 48 “Oh, Tiddledywinks” by Nancy Hinsdale Wilcox.

  • The players are in their appointed places, eyes ahead and breath held. Every muscle is tensed, every nerve ending ready for the signal that will mean the start of a long-awaited, precision competition.“Ready?” the referee barks. The competitors nod silently. “Okay then. Ready, set … tiddledy!”Tiddledy?Yes, tiddledy. At the command the first contestant expertly flips a plastic disk toward a small, round container in the center of the table, having used eye, hand, and mind in the effort. Success! There is a faint plastic plop as the disk settles into the cup.“Darn!” The opponent says to himself. “I’ll really have to squidge the wink into the tub carefully this time.”Squidge? Wink? Tub? What is this, anyway?This, in case you have not already guessed, is that game you probably discarded years ago with your dolls or toy trucks. If you didn’t, you better get it out of your little brother’s toy box or the attic; the tiddledywink revival is on its way.Although there was no tiddling team in the Olympics, the game—or sport, as enthusiasts prefer to call it—has enjoyed popularity on college campuses for years. Many universities sponsor an annual tournament (probably in conjunction with their frog-jumping and frisbee-throwing contests) to pit top tiddlers against each other. In fact, one year the Harvard team hosted an international meet, only to be out-winked by the Oxford flippers 25–0. This did not inhibit them, however, and they went on to capture all of the Ivy League titles for that year.The sport is ideal for parties, activities, and socials. Almost everyone can participate, whether it is as a competitor, scorekeeper, referee, or cheerleader (“T-I-D, D-L-E, Tiddle-that-wink!”). Rounds can move fast enough for a fairly large group to play and a tournament champion can emerge in fairly short order. However, for the more intense, six-hour winkathons have been known to occur. […]

New Jersey Department of Education (US)

1920 Page 70 “Annual Report of the State Board of Education and of the Commissioner of Education of New Jersey”/”School Report”/”Year ending 30 June 1919“. Somerville, New Jersey: The Unionist-Gazette Association, State Printers.Page 70: The two rooms have movable seats. In one room we had a “Solomon Grundy” party for those who did not dance. I wish I could have had a movie of those people playing ” tiddledy-winks,” “straws,” etc.

The New Leader

17 Nov 1986 Volume 69 Page 6(3) “Spain’s rocky straits” (sovereignty issues
over the Straits of Gibraltar)

New Monthly Magazine and Humorist (UK)

1837 Volume 50 “High Connexions”

  • Page 399: There’s Lady Flash, the Earl of Trumps,And old Sir Abel Addle.—Lord Tidley Winks, and Viscount Frumps,And Lady Fiddlefaddle;—

New Republic

30 Apr 1966 Page 11 “Indonesia for Indonesians”. Figurative (Dr.
Subandrio “could make what has happened recently in Indonesia look like a game of


23 Jun 1958 Page 43 “Britain”/”One Was Not Prim”. Mention of
Oxford playing Cambridge.
3 Mar 1969 Page 57 “Man inside the spacesuit”. (Gordon Cooper quote:
“They ought to hire tiddlywinks players as astronauts”)
10 Nov 1980 Page 60 “Grim Lessons of the Long Crisis”. Figurative
(“The White House was playing tiddlywinks with the State Department” re
Carter’s Iran rescue mission)
16 Mar 1981 Page 101 “The Fastest Man On the Inside Track” (Eamonn
Coghlan quote: “whether it was tiddlywinks or cross-country, I had to win”)
4 May 1981 Page 63 “Thurow Vs. Gilder: A Debate” (Lester Thurow quote:
“we have only one economy to play tiddlywinks with”)
30 Oct 1989 Page 70 “Not Just Kid Stuff Anymore”/”Corporate
sponsorship for childhood games”. Mention of NATwA
6 Oct 2003 “Bar Games: Seeing Eye to Eye” by Brian Braiker (“So bored that they took an interest in staring contests.[…] NEWSWEEK lays claim to the burgeoning tiddlywinks movement.”)

New York (US)

31 Mar 1986 Page 64 “Design/Game Room” by Marilyn Bethany. Photos of
antique set

The New Yorker (US)

7 Dec 1929 Page 132
  • like the magnetic fish pond, Tiddledy- Winks, Diabolo, etc.
15 Dec 1934 Page 116
  • A feature is Tiddledy- Winks, in a stirring revival;
3 Dec 1949 Page 151
  • educational toys-plain pastimes, like Tiddledy \Vinks ($1.29), and games that
15 Dec 1962 Page 156 “The Sporting Scene”/”Just a personal
thing”. Mention in article on Harvard-Yale
21 Nov 1963 Page 152
  • ornamental, grape-colored stacked-tiddledywink-and-tassel trim is $249.
4 Apr 1964 Page 146 “A reporter at large”/”Wake up and live”.
Figurative (“Sun Citians […] take little interest in the organized activities,
describing them as ‘make-work’ or ‘tiddlywinks’”)
20 Sep 1982 Page 7
  • club and Eddie Condon’ , just a tiddledy- wink’s hop east, demarcate a
11 Oct 1982 Page 8
  • club and Eddie Condon’s, just a tiddledy- wink’s hop east, demarcate a
7 Jul 1986 Page 57
  • I appeared: “Si McCarthy. Tiddledy- winks.” -MARY MCCARTHY
16 Dec 1991 Page 15
  • including the still familiar Tiddledy Winks and Pillow-Dex (Parker
7 Dec 1992 Page 48
  • a champ at it. Russian bank, tiddledy- winks. No wonder George runs

New York Review of Books (US)

25 Jan 1979 Pages 2, 50 Query by Fred Shapiro and Rick Tucker original

The Nineteenth Century and after

Mar 1906 Page 509 “Football and Polo in China” by Herbert A. Giles.
Quotation in OED

  • Page 509: In one passage we are told how the great general Ho Ch’ü-ping, when campaigning in the north, and almost destitute of provisions for his troops, ‘hollowed out a place for them to play football in,’ whatever that may mean.In the Hsi ching tsa chi we read:The Emperor, Ch’êng Ti, B.C. 32-6, was fond of football; but his officers represented to him that it was both physically exhausting and also unsuitable to the Imperial dignity. Hist Majesty replied: We like playing; and what one chooses to do is not exhausting. An appeal was then made to the Empress, who suggested the game of tiddlywinks for the
    Emperor’s amusement

North American Review (University of Northern Iowa) (US)

Jul 1891 Volume 153 Number 416 Pages 87-91 “The Relations of Literature to Society” by Amelia E. Barr (“He has no time and no interest to spare for tiddledy-winks and donkey parties,
nor even for progressive euchre.”)
Google Books

Notes and Queries (UK)

9 Dec 1871 Page 486 [4th S. viii] Query re “kidly wink” photocopy
6 Jan 1872 Page 19 [4th S. ix] Quote re “kiddle-a-wink” from Beeton’s Christmas
Annual for 1863, page 39, note
6 Jul 1872 Page 5 [4th S. x] Song about Kidley Wink from a newspaper photocopy
6 Apr 1878 Page 264 [5th S. ix] Slang “tiddlywink” via The Reader,
18 Jan 1890 Page 48 [7th S. ix] Query re “kiddlewink”; first use of
“tiddledywinks” in a sentence

  • Lately a game has been introduced here
    bearing the name of “Tiddledywinks.”
Important very early reference;
1 Feb 1890 Page 96 [7th S. ix] Reply to query photocopy
19 Oct 1946 Page 158 “Squalloping” in list of words from the book Lorna

Ohio State Law Journal (US)

1992 Page 683 [v 53 n 3] “Exculpatory Agreements for Volunteers in
Youth Activities-The Alternative to “Nerf” Tiddlywinks” by Joseph H. King,

Official Gazette (of the US Patent and Trademark Office)

(see also Patents section)

15 Nov 1927 Volume 364 Number 3
  • Page vi: Alphabetical List of Registrants of LabelsZulu Toy Manufacturing Company, Inc., Battle Creek,
    Mich. Tiddledy Winks Croquet. For Tiddledy Winks
    Game. 33,011; Nov. 15
  • Page xiv: Alphabetical List of LabelsTiddledy Winks Croquet. For Tiddledy Winks Game. Zulu Toy Manufacturing Company. 33,011;: Nov 15
  • Page 567: LabelsRegistered November 15, 1927. […]33,011.—Title: Tiddledy Winks Croquet. For Tiddledy Winks Game. Zulu Toy Manufacturing Company, Inc., Battle Creek, Mich. Published February 1, 1927.

L’Officiel des Jeux et Jouets (France)

13 Apr 1950 Number 13, Page 24 “OPINION SOVIETIQUE SUR LES JOUETS 1950” re Pravda
article (“«L’inventeur, estime la Pravda, n’a pas encore mis au
point un jeu de puces capables de communiquer le choléra. Mais cela viendra.»”)
photocopy; original (Pascal Pontremoli)

Oregon Voter: Weekly Magazine of Citizenship (US)

30 Mar 1918 Volume 12 Number 13 Page 401 whole, Page 9 issue
  • Page 401: CAN YOU BEAT IT?For a gold brick game that
    makes J. Rufus Wallingford look
    like a tiddledy chip the Non-Partisan League is entitled to all
    the medals.At $100 per farmer it has cashed
    in more than $1,000,000 for the
    privilege of buying at storespromised to be established at farming centers.Of this $1,000,000, nearly $700,000 is authorized to be used for
    spreading the league propaganda—a gigantic slush fund.

The Ornithologist and Oölogist

Feb 1891 Volume 16 Number 2 “Brief Notes”

  • Page 29: The inside coterie of the A. O. U. just now seem to be engaged in a game of Tiddledy-winks, seeing who can jump the most names in the new list.

The Outlook

9 Jan 1918 Page 195 Volume 118 By the Way”

  • Why not let the children start with bridge and chess, and gradually work them up to the point where they can appreciate lotto, halma, and tiddledywinks?

Patents for Inventions: Abridgments of Specifications (UK)

See also UK patents

1894 Page 40
  • Page 40: 6943. Kershaw, W., and Brlerley, J. B.April 7. Drawings to Specification.Advertising.—Advertisements may be placed on
    the boards or boxes used for educational parlourgames, played somewhat after the manner of
    tiddledy winks.
1894 Page 97
  • Page 97: 6943. Kershaw, W., and Brierley, J. B.April 7.[illustration with Figure 6 and Figure 6a and Figure 3.]Games played
    with balls or
    to educational
    parlour games
    somewhat of the
    nature of tiddledy
    winks. In the example shown, a circular box
    h is divided into a number of compartments,
    having letters placed in the bottom thereof, into
    which counters or discs are projected by pressing on their edges, so as to spell out any desired
    word. Or the missile may be a ball, and be projected from a spring thrower, or from a trap e,
    by hitting the free end either with a striker so as
    to send the ball directly into the compartments, or
    with a small racquet so as to send the ball upwards
    and afterwards, while it is in the air, strike the
    ball with the racquet so as to drive it into one of
    the compartments. Numbered, instead of lettered,
    compartments may be employed; or, if desired,
    words may be employed whereby a verse of poetry
    or a sentence may be formed. Advertisements may
    be placed on the boards or boxes employed.
1894 Page 128
  • Page 128: 18,061 Ditchburn, W. Sept. 22.[Illustration of a human head as Figure 3 with various indications.]Games played with counters and the like.—Relates to a game resembling tiddledy winks, in
    which counters, coins, and the like are projected
    or thrown by players into the open mouth of amechanical head, which is either stationary or revolves, while the mouth may remain open or bealternately opened and closed. An oblong box A
    carries a block F through which passes freely aspindle E, squared at the portion E1. The lower
    end carries a pulley C driven by a band C1 connected to another pulley on a shaft operated by a
    crank handle. The spindle E rests upon a stepped
    support H, while a second spindle G rests upon
    another stepped support H1. The supports are
    connected together, and can be shifted in position
    horizontally by a button u2. The head G is provided with a block R to which is fixed a plate N
    having a square opening in which the top of the
    squared portion E1 can enter. The lower jaw is
    pivoted so as to open and close, a roller being connected therewith. Above the block F is placed a
    crown cam wheel K having a pin T. The spindle
    E is also provided with a cam driver M. In the
    position shown, that is with both spindles E and G
    resting upon the lower step of the supports H, H1,
    the head rests upon the collar P, the pin T is out
    of engagement with the spindle G, the roller
    engages with the teeth of the crown wheel K, the
    squared portion E1 of the spindle E is out of engagement with the plate N, and the crank of the
    driver M engages with the teeth of the wheel K,
    the result being that the head remains stationary,
    while the wheel K rotates, causing the jaws to
    open and close by means of the roller riding up
    and down the teeth of the crown wheel. On
    sliding the plates H, H1 inwards slightly, the
    spindle E will be first raised. This will result in
    the top thereof engaging with the plate N, whereby
    the head will rotate along with the spindle, and
    the cam wheel rotating with the roller, the jaws
    will remain open. On further sliding the plates
    inwards, the spindle G will also be raised, so as to
    engage with the tooth T and prevent the wheel K
    from rotating, the resujt being that the roller will
    ride up and down the teeth thereof, and the jaws
    open and close in addition to the head turning
1894 Page 170
  • Page 170: 6943. Kershaw, W., and Brierley, J. B. April 7.[illustration with Figure 6 and Figure 6a and Figure 3.]Reading, teaching.—Relates to educational
    parlour games somewhat of the nature of tiddledywinks. In the example shown, a circular box h is
    divided into a number of compartments, havingletters placed in the bottom thereof, into which
    counters or discs are projected by pressing ontheir edges so as to spell out any desired word. Or
    the missile may be a ball, and be projected from a
    spring thrower, or from a trap e, by hitting the
    free end either with a striker so as to send the ball
    directly into the compartments, or with a small
    racquet so as to send the ball upwards and after-
    wards, while it is in the air, strike the ball with
    the racquet so as to drive it into one of the com-
    partments. Numbered, instead of lettered, compartments may be employed, or, if desired, words
    may be employed whereby a verse of poetry or a
    sentence may be formed. Advertisements may be
    placed on the boards or boxes employed.

PC Week (US)

4 Nov 1986 Page 61 “Letters”/”Don’t Toy With Me” original

The Pedagogical Seminary (became Journal
of Genetic Psychology)

Oct 1894 Page 113Volume 3 “Education by Plays and Games” by G. E. Johnson. In
July 1897 Page 24Volume 5Number 1 “A Study in Moral Education” by J. R. Street

  • Page 23: The following list shows the games played by the girls: Hide and seek 56. Croquet 43. Tag 41. […] Hop-scotch, tiddledy winks 5.
  • Page 24: In regard to the moral import of games, the following classification shows the way they are viewed by the boys and girls: […] Perserverance. Pigs-in-clover 9.Parchesi 9. Tennis 9. […] Tiddledy winks 2. […] Honesty. Croquet 19. Hide and seek. 18. Cards 12. […] tiddledy winks, innocence abroad, go bang (1 each).
Sep 1899 Pages 321, 355Volume 6 “Amusements of Worcester School Children” by T. R.

  • 3. Contests with Objects.
  • Ball B 679-241, G 409-67; Marbles B 608-115, G 130-21; Football B
    455-151, G i; Jackstones B 28-2, G 341-63; Hockey, Shinney, Polo B
    313, G 8; Top B 176-28, G 11; Hop Scotch B 16, G 154-21; Croquet
    B 62-3, G 148-52; Hoop B 71-3, G 1 10-14; Stilts B 70-7, G 12; Bean Bag
    B 4, G 72-7; Pick Kuife B 57-4, G 3; Tenpins B 53-10, G 6; Tennis B
    51-10, G 31-10; Tip Cat B 33-1, G 10-2; Tiddledy Winks B 22-6, G
    31-3; Pillow Dex B 16-2, G 21-4; Horse Shoes, Quoits B 19-2, G 1; Fish
    Pond B 12-1, G 15; Pool, Billiards, B 13-2, G 2; Jackstraws B 4, G 11;
    Golf B 4-1, G 1; Cricket B 4, G 1; Battledore B 1, G 3; Bagatelle B 2,
    G 3; Parlor Ring Toss B 1, G 1.
Dec 1900 Pages 463, 465, 473Volume 7 “A Study in the Play Life of Some South Carolina
Children” by Zach McGhee

  • Page 465: Tiddledy Winks, 79 [ranking for boys] 120 [ranking for girls]
  • Page 473: Tiddledy Winks. Shooting small disks into a cup by pressing quickly on the edge of the disks with another disk. Chief elements: Unusual Activity, Dexterity, Rivalry.
Dec 1909 Volume 16 Number 4 Pages 550-552 “The Influence of Kindergarten Methods on the Socialization of the School”, by Colin A. Scott. Page 551

  • Condemn us in this room this morning to play tiddledywinks, and it might appeal to some who would shine, but others would certainly be out of it. We would be in a need of a method to make it interesting, but it could never be a completely or a truly social method, since our wills would not be engaged upon the object. What we would have to do would be either to pretend that tiddledywinks was something else—such as religion, philosophy, or education, or to play the game so as to join in, to be agreeeable, or because it would be a trial in overcoming which our virtue would be trained. But in these cases, we would not really be playing tiddledywinks at all. […]
Digital version (NATwA)


15 May 1899 Volume 7 Number 10 “The Developmental Influences of Play” by James Herbert McKee, M.D.

  • Page 454: Many games are now played—”duck-on-the-rock,” “black man,” “crokinole,” “leap-frog,”—simple feats of all kinds, turning, somersaults, rolling over backward, marbles, “mumble-the-peg,” “prisoner’s base,” “puss in the corner,” “tiddledy winks,” “touch wood.”

People Weekly (US)

27 Nov 1978 Page 138 “Lookout” section. Photo and article about Dave
22 Aug 1988 Volume 30 Number 8 Page 34(6) “Playing to win” (George Bush)
26 Aug 1991 Volume 36 Number 7 Page 56(5) “Body and soul” (People’s Sexiest Man Alive for
1991 is Patrick Swayze) (cover story)

The Philistine (published by the Society of the Philistines, East Aurora, New York)

Feb 1902 Volume 14 Number 3
  • Page 84: The Professor avers that the Chicago custom
    of having rat round-ups, where the ladies occupy specially built platforms, urging on their
    lovers and husbands by applause and gladsomesmiles, and the gentlemen & invited guests take
    up the side-walk in front of the host’s propertyand chase the rats—does not remedy the evil.
    As a social pastime, the Professor prefers Pro-gressive Euchre, Parchesi, or Tiddledy-Winks.
Dec 1908 Volume 28 Number 1
  • Page 8: A modicum of prosperity, and the owner of the
    female mind quits work, and her life is devoted
    to vacuity, tiddledy-winks, bridge whist, church
    fairs, the latest play and other society piffle.
    The books she reads are the six best sellers. But
    she is a woman and sex is strong in her head,
    at least.
May 1912 Volume 34 Number 6
  • Page 200: It admits a man of mediocre ability into a certain society on a basis which a person of similar attainments could never otherwise reach. And this, it should be explained, is the society of affectation, pretense, cheese-straws, tiddledy-winks and poetic parchesi.

The Photographic Times

23 Feb 1894 Volume 24 Number 649 Page 128 Column 1
  • Page 127 (heading): Pictures Received.
  • Page 128: No. 775.—Two little genre pictures, ‘” Harmonious Discord” and ” Tiddledy Winks.” Children at play.We are much pleased with these pictures; the
    arrangement is beautiful in either of them. Letour fair young lady friend get master of the technics of photography, and she will be able to rivalour Clarkson or Baldwin.

Pif Gadget (France)

No. 1528 Page 3 “MONTAGE: LE CLOWN JEU DE PUCE” (Gadget # 290) with
three illustrations
photocopy; original (Pascal Pernet)

Playboy (US)

Sep 1969 Page 195 “Campus Action Chart” entry for MIT

  • MIT’s two saving graces are the tiddlywinks championship of North America and
    incredible graffiti
Apr 1981 Page 269 “Little Annie Fanny” cartoon. Winks shot into beer

Dec 1986 Page 100> “Blindsight: two kinds of people came to this
planet—those who wanted to hide and those who wanted to seek”
Aug 1991 Volume 38 Number 8 Page 70 (9) “Boomtown”, short story by Craig Vetter.

  • This
    ain’t tiddlywinks
Digital copy

Playground (US)

Apr 1913 Volume 7 Number 1 Page 14 “How to Equip a Playroom”

  • Page 8: How to Equip a Playroom—The Pittsburgh PlanBy Alice M. Corbin […]
  • Page 14: 12. Games […] Tiddledy-winks
Nov 1922 Page 382 “Progressive Game Party”
Jan 1924 Page 568 “Bedside Games”
Jan 1929 Page 576 Tiddly Wink Golf
Mar 1931 Page 667 List of games in community centers

Playthings (US)

around 1906 “Pioneers in the Toy Business”, source for
McClintock. (May not be Playthings)
1928 Ad by Alderman-Fairchild with Blinky Blinx Tiddledy Winks
(reproduced in Game Times issue 24, Vol. X, # 2, page 519)
Jun 1939 Page 50 “Tidley Hop” (cited in US design patent
D367680, 1996)
before 1942 Photo prediction of adult winks interest. Appears in Freeman,
A cavalcade of toys

directories (annual) Listings of tiddlywinks manufacturers

Popular Electronics (US)

Dec 1956 Volume 5 Number 6 Pages 47, 49-51 “4 Electronic Toy Projects” by E. G. Louis, “Project 2 ‘Electronic Tiddly-Winks'”. 3 photos and 1 wiring diagram Original

Popular Mechanics (US)

Apr 1908 Volume 10Number 4Advertising Section “A Mystery Solved.”

  • Page 106: “What is the Navy sailing for?” quoth I to Captain Binks. “I do not know,” the Sea Dog said. “But this is what I thinks:Bob Evans wants to teach the Japs the game of TIddledy-winks.”I put the question next unto our doughty Admirell.”I do not know,” said he, “and if I did I wouldn’t tell.”I thought he muttered something else that bade me go to thunder. […]”
Aug 1958 Page 178 “Sandpaper Target Adds Fun to Tiddlywink Game“.

  • To add a new twist to the old game of tiddlywinks, cement a sheet of medium-grit sandpaper to a square of plywood, draw circles and numerals on the paper as of [sic] plywood. Draw circles and prop the board at about 45-deg. angle to provide a sloping target for the disks snapped at it. The disks, falling upon the sandpaper, will tend to remain in place unless touched by other disks during succeeding shots. The trick, of course, is to snap the disks so that they come to rest on the highest numbers.

(Appletons’) Popular Science Monthly (US)

Jul 1897 Volume 51 “The Mob Mind” by Prof. Edward A. Ross

  • Page 395: As there must be in the typical mob a center which radiates impulses by fascination till they have subdued enough people to continue their course by sheer intimidation, so for the craze there must be an excitant, overcoming so many people that these can affect the rest by mere volume of suggestion. […]The fad originates in the surprise or interest excited by novelty. Roller-skating, blue glass, the planchette, a forty days’ fast, the “new woman,”, tiddledy-winks, faith-healing, the “13-14-15” puzzle, baseball, telepathy, or the sexual novel attract those restless folk who are always running hither and thither after some new thing.
Oct 1898 Page 801 Volume 53 “Some Psychical Aspects of Muscular Exercise” by
Luther Gulick (“tiddledywinks” in list of games played by children aged 7 to 12)
Mar 1906 Page 265 “Newspaper Football” by Professor Edwin G. Dexter

  • Football is not a gentle game, and the boy who is entirely satisfied with tiddle-dy-winks, as well as his father, who in his day had been satisfied with similar games, may deem it over-strenuous.
Jun 1914 Page 609 Volume 84 “Is the Montessori Method a Fad?” by Frank Pierrepont Graves.

  • will she be relegated to the limbo of the
    exponents of tiddledy-winks and ping-pong, of Belgian hares and Teddy bears?
Jan 1919 Volume 94 Number 1 Page 21 “Yes, Santa Got Safely through the War Zone”/”And with Some Delightful Gifts” with photograph of a girl and boy playing a golf version of tiddlywinks on a table.

  • A nine-hole table golf course that is an improvement on the once familiar tiddledy-winks
May 1929 Page 61 “Parlor Baseball Played with Tiddledywinks”. 1 photo Original (NATwA)
May 1935 Page 10 “Our Readers Say”/”Batters, too, Are Mystified By Ballistics of Baseball”

  • Page 10: Now that all of young America with the exception of those who like tiddledy-winks better are preparing to invade the sandlots of the nation in resuming the great national outdoor battle for baseball honors, why couldn’t we have an article on the ballistics of baseball?
Mar 1939 Page 139 “New Table Game Resembles Tennis” with one illustration

  • Page 139: Tiddledywinks and tennis are combined in a novel parlor game just introduced. Played on a felt pad measuring twelve by twenty-four inches and marked with white lines as on a real tennis court, the game uses thin disks which are snapped back and forth across a diminutive net by means of tiny rackets. Rules and scoring are similar to those used in tennis. In the photograph reproduced at the left, a player is shown about to serve from the back line of the court. In the foreground are the rackets and teh “balls” used.


Dec 1992 Page 40 and later “12 days to to tranquility: how to make the countdown to
the holidays stress-free and joyful” (includes techniques for self-message)

Printers’ Ink (US)

14 Jun 1922 Volume 119 Number 11 Page 163
  • Page 154 (heading): The Letter That Capitalizes the Present and Kills the FutureBy Clifford W. Bent
  • Page 163: This able sales manager went a
    step farther in his analysis, in continuing, “[…] But I cannot and will not endeavor to fool any man into thinking that I sit up nights following
    his personal career and congratulating him on winning a silver
    mug in auction bridge at a charity
    affair, when the news comes to me
    cut from the society columns of
    his Sunday paper, and I haven’t
    the slightest idea whether auction
    bridge is a new structure over the
    East River or is played with
    tiddledy -winks.”

Proceedings of the Board of Education, Detroit (US)

1 Jul 1916 Page 6
  • Page 6:
    Purchase—Supplies and Equipment, Dept. Special Education. […]2 dozen boxes Tiddledy Winks, No.
    4592, Milton Bradley, $5.40 per lot.

Proceedings of the Philadelphia and National Conferences on the Construction Industries (US)

15 Apr 1921 Part 1
  • Page 1: Philadelphia Conference on the Construction Industries
  • Page 33: Real Estate and HousingBy John C. Ihlder
  • Page 35: The real estate men have recently set standards for themselves—adopted a code of ethics. So should the builders. The real estate code is the first step and it provides honesty and a square deal as between realtors and their clients, but it does not take into account the real estate man’s very great responsibility to his community. He, and you, the builders, are peculiarly responsible for the growth and development of your community. It lies in your hands more than in those of any other groups. Consequently, your codes should acknowledge your special responsibility, and you should definitely stand for meeting community standards. There is no game on earth that can be played successfully without rules, whether it is base-ball or tiddledy-winks. There is no game on earth that involves large groups of men that can be played without an umpire.

Public Libraries (US)

Dec 1910 Volume 15 Number 10 Page 430
  • Page 430: Circulation of Games by the Library […]Some of the games are as follows:
    A B C, anagrams, American battles, authors, checkers, chess, city life, consequences, store-keeping, dominoes, electrical wonder, flag game, flinch, fortune
    telling, geography, guess again, hidden
    titles, house that Jack built, Humpty
    Dumpty, Jack Horner, jack of all trades,
    jack-straws, luck, magic spelling, Mother
    Goose, nations, numericals. Old Glory,
    our country, pastime puzzle, picture reading, pit. Punch and Judy, quotations, ring
    toss, Robinson Crusoe, shopping, snap,
    tiddledy winks.

Publisher’s Weekly (US)

Volume 42 Page 105
Volume 42 Page 174
Volume 42 Page 381
Volume 42 Page 382
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Volume 42 Page 1012
Volume 42 Page 1013

Puck (US)

22 Oct 1890 Volume 28 Number 711 Page 135
  • Page 135: A PLEASING CHANGE.Jack Wylie.— Have you been playing any poker lately?Mr. B. T. Flush.— No; I’ve quit. My luck was too bad. But
    I’ve got a cinch on that new game, “Tiddledy Winks.” Ever hear of it?Jack Wylie.— Oh, yes; they call it “Idiot’s Delight.” But why do
    you do better at that?Mr. B. T. Flush. — Because the man who puts in the most chips wins.
Digital copy (NATwA)
4 Mar 1891 Volume 29 Number 730 Page 20
  • Page 20: TIDDLEDY WINKS.SAY BLAINE, whatever do you meanWhen you wink the other eye?Say, don’t you think we’re awful greenWhen you wink the other eye?You talked about the tariff, and you told usit would bringHealth and wealth and happiness; we thoughtit quite the thing.But when you got us on the string,Then you winked the other eye.Say, Blaine, whatever can it be,When you wink the other eye?You gave us reciprocity,Then you winked the other eye.We took our little ballots, and how gayly didwe speed!Oh, what’s become of Ingalls, Quay, andlittle Tommy Reed?Oh, Jeems, we ‘re on to you, indeed,When you wink the other eye.
8 Apr 1891 Volume 29 Number 735 Page 99
  • Page 99:
  • TOO MUCH.A thrill of mortifying painDarts through my large and lofty brain,When some young lady thinksThat I can spend a futile night,And play with infantile delight,”Progressive Tiddledy Winks.”Harry Romaine.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Punch (UK)

Punch, or the London Charivari, January to June 1843 Volume 4 Number 92 Page 164
  • Page 164: NARRATIVEOF AN EXCURSION TO THE FROZEN LAKE OF THE GLACIARIUM.UNDERTAKEN BY MR. TIDDLEDY WINKS, THE CELEBRATED TRAVELLER,AND COMMUNICATED BY HIM.NEXT to the ascent of Haverstock Hill, and passage of HampsteadHeath, perhaps there is no excursion in the vicinity of London, requiringsuch great exertions or heedlessness of danger as the one I am about todescribe. It should only be attempted by those capable of bearing intensebodily fatigue, as well as those favoured individuals to whom a shilling isnot a coin of too great rarity, for at the very lowest rate of expenditure,the trip cannot be accomplished under that sum.
Punch, or the London Charivari, 1843 Volume 5 Page 146 Column 2
  • Page 146: THE INSTITUTION AT HOOKHAM-CUM-SNIVEY.The following particulars have been
    furnished by our friend, Mr. TiddledyWinks, the indefatigable secretary, and
    also editor of the Peckham RailwayTimes & Camberwell-Green Chronicle:
Mr. Punch’s Almanack, 1898-1899 (28 Jun 1899) Volume 116 Page “The First of October” Almanack entry for October 1899. “In the Toys and Games Department.”

  • Particular Lady. I—a—want some sort of game for two small boys about eight or nine.Assistant.For juveniles of that age I can strongly recommend the game of ‘Ascot.’ You wind the little horses along on a reel at the end of a string, and the one which gets in first is the—ah—winner.P. L. (severely). I should be sorry, indeed, to give any boys a game that encourages a taste for the turf.A. Of course it—ah—might have that tendency. Here is a highly amusing game called—ah—’Tiddledywinks.’P. L. (icily). Tiddledy-I beg your pardon?A. (with dignity). Tiddledy-winks, madam.P. L. And pray how do you—a—tiddledywink?A. It is—ah—not one of my recreations, madam, but you will find full instructions supplied with each set, and I understand that they are so simple that the merest child can easily become—ah—proficient.P. L. And go tiddledywinks all over the place? A most undesirable accomplishment in my opinion.A. Pardon me—I think, madam, you are misled be the associations of the title, which may, perhaps—ah—verge on vulgarity, but the game itself is perfectly free from objection, and popular with the most select and refined circles.P. L. (firmly). The name is quite sufficient.
Digital copy (NATwA)
4 Nov 1908 Volume 135 Page 341
  • Page 341: “Mr. BURNS, whose ethics have
    been so ably eviscerated by the first
    speaker, is not up to much. It is
    obvious as a pike-shaft that if we all
    adopted the course of the sweet singer
    of Battersea we should finish up
    as feathered habitués of the privet-hedge of P.C.-ishness. Countingnoses, on this hypotenuse, I can see
    at one blow forty-odd working-men
    each drawing from the well two
    thousand quids per annum as easy
    as tiddledy-winking! [“]
3 Dec 1913 Page 474 Page 474: BIFF-BALL.THE NEW GAME THAT EVERYONE
WILL SOON BE PLAYING.(With acknowledgments to many of our
contemporaries.)INTENT upon learning what game is
to fill our homes with innocent merriment tliis Christmas, our representative
yesterday visited the vast emporium of
Tiddledy , Winks & Co., and interviewed the genial manager.”The game of the
coming season?” repeated the latter. ” Undoubtedly Biff-Ball.
Come with me.”Our representative
followed him into another room, where a large
green cloth was found to
be laid on the floor,
securely pegged at the
four corners. Two goals
were placed at opposite
ends of this cloth, and a
wooden ball about the
size of an orange reposed
in the middle of it.”This is all the apparatus required,” said the
manager. ” The rules are
equally simple. Two
players insinuate themselves between the cloth
and the floor, and at a
given signal each endeavours to urge the ball
from underneath through
his opponent’s goal. We
claim that Biff-Ball will
promote more hilarityamong spectators in ten
minutes than any other
sport in a week, while
among players it has already been found to cure
gout, indigestion and
obesity and to conduce
to a beneficial thickening of theskull. Mr. SHAW has praised it
on the ground that it abolishes
the absurd tradition of chivalry roward women (for, of course, “mixed” matches will be infrequent). Mr CHESTERTON has challenged the Bishop of London to a series of three matches to be played on Boxing-Day, and Bombardier Wells, the eminent pugilist, is using it as his principal means of traing in preparatoin for his great fight with Carpentier.Biff-Ball is destined to be among indoor games what the Tango is among dances. In a few weeks it will have swept the country from John o’Groats to Land’s End, not excluding John Bull’s Other Island, as Mr, Kipling has wittilu ter,ed ot/Good morning, if you must go.Bull’s Other Island, as Mr. KIPLING! He bit his lip and frowned, and his
has wittily termed it. … Good morning if you must go. I think we shall have rain shortly, but Biff-Ball will keep you amused through the most
depressing weather.”
15 Jul 1914 Page 69
  • And the Olympic games are coming! Who are England’s hopes in the discus-throwing and the fancy diving? What Britisher must we rely on in the javelin hop-skip-and-jump?Your brain reels at the prospect. We must decide to ignore all future championships. We must decline to be aggravated if a Japanese Badminton champion appears. We must cease to be interested if Britain’s Hope beats the Horrible Peruvian at Tiddly-winks

The Puritan

Dec 1900 Volume 9 Number 3 Suggestions for Small Parties by Mary Louise Graham.

  • Page 483: A Salmagundi party was the entertainment prepared for one evening. A different kind of game was played at each of the little tables with which the room was filled. The winners progressed from one table to the next, and prizes were distributed at the end of the evening. There are a great many games that are suitable for a Salmagundi party, Lotto, for instance, and tiddledywinks, shooting with air pistols at a target, parlor golf, crokinole, authors, angling, and various games of cards.

Radio Times (UK)

~10 Mar 1958 re Goons

Rarities (US)

Jul-Aug 1982 Pages 37-38, 64-65 “Board Games” by Robert Hencey. 2 photos.

Reader’s Digest (US)

Oct 1987 Page 215 “Caution: Geniuses at Work and Play” re MIT.
Mention. [From New England Monthly, October 1986.]

Relief Society Magazine (Relief Society of the Church of the Latter-day Saints)

Aug 1917 Volume 4 Number 8 Pages 476-477
  • Page 475: Lesson IVHome EconomicsFourth Week in SeptemberThe Child’s Recreation and the Parents’ Cooperation
  • Page 476: Kinds of Recreation. There is no recreation or sport that
    is good legitimate pastime but we can afford to enjoy it with
    our children. When they are small teach them to play games.
    There are marbles, ten pins and others for the floor, and tiddledy
    winks, dominoes, checkers, flinch, carrum and many others for
    the table. In all games the child must be taught to play for thepleasure of the game and the training he gets but never for what
    he wins. Playing marbles for “keeps,” as the boys call it, should
    be forbidden by the Latter-day Saint parents, because it is the first
    step towards gambling. For a boy to keep the marble he wins in
    a game may seem of little consequence at the time, but watch
    him as he grows to love the game merely for what he wins and
    we need not be surprised when in later years he plays for money.
    Tiddledv winks is enjoyed by parents and children at the same
    time. The baby soon learns how hard to press the tiddledy on the
    wink and the proper position of each in order to gain his point.
    He uses judgment and he also trains his sense of touch, which
  • Page 477: are two pood lessons: but the greatest things accomplished are
    teaching him to use only his own color in winks, also to wait
    his turn to play. In this way he learns to respect the rights of
    others. There is no better time or way to teach honesty than in
    gaming. The boy who will play a good clean game no matter
    who wins or loses will be strong enough in character to dealhonestly in examinations at school and in every act of life. How
    often in social gatherings, where games were indulged in, have we
    seen grown ups who were not satisfied to follow the rules butwould cheat or play unfair in order to gain points. I think one
    is safe in concluding that the person who allows himself to do
    such a thing even in a game would take advantage of his neighbor and would not be honest in business. […]Going back to the games. With tiddledy winks, we may
    class—crocinole, carrum, marbles, etc., in which the hand and
    eye are trained.

Report of the Commissioner of Education

1897-1898 “Child Study in the United States”

  • Page 1343: “Games.”/”Sec. X. What games have you preferred and what has been their influence in developing manlines or womanliness, sense of justice and fair play, honesty, perseverance, hardihood, physical strength, and what recreations do you prefer, and why? What is their effect?” “The following list shows the games played by the girls: Hide and seek, 56; croquet, 43; tag, 41; […] hopscotch, tiddledy winks, 5; […]”
  • Page 1344: “Perseverance.—Pigs in clover, 9; parchesi, 9; tennis, 9; […] tiddledy winks, 2; […]” “Honesty.Croquet, 19; hide and seek, 18; cards, 12; […] tiddledy winks […], 1 each.”

Report of the Superintendent of Indian Schools

1901 Page 66
  • Page 66: Another evening is spent in the study of
    Sunday-school lesson and in letter writing. The “Social” claims from twenty
    minutes to half an hour of each evening. The time should be long enough to
    allow an easy settling into sociability and the satisfactory introduction of games
    like tiddledy winks, crokinole, karems, their beloved dominoes and checkers, and
    the like.

Revenue to Defray War Expenses. Hearings and briefs before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, Sixty-fifth Congress, first session, on H. R. 4280, an act to provide revenue to defray war expenses and for other purposes

[28 May] 1917 Page 350 “Hearings and Briefs before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, Sixty-Fifth Congress, First Session, on H. R. 4280, an Act to provide revenue to degray war expenses and for other purposes.”

    SPORTING GOODS, SALEM, MASS,. AND NEW YORK CITY.In reference to the words ” games and parts of games,” section 600, paragraphG. line 9, page 27, of the new war-tax bill, from the context of paragraph Gand allusions to this paragraph in debate, it undoubtedly is intended to taxsporting and athletic goods and adult games of skill and not playthings andgames for little children, but this simple expression “games and parts ofgames” is so broadly comprehensive that it goes beyond what we believe to bethe intention of the bill and would tax children’s games, such as ” jackstraws,””old maid,” “snap,” “marbles,” ” tiddledy winks,” and numerous other simplechildhood games which circulate in large quantities and at low prices.The bill does not tax toys at all, neither the luxurious nor the cheap kind.It does not tax even the most expensive dolls, rocking horses, steel toys, expresswagons, air guns, drums, etc., which is evidence that childhood toys and gameswere not intended to be taxed by this bill, and that the only intent of insertingthe words “games” was to tax other athletic and sporting games, such ascroquet, quoits, ping-pong, cricket, and similar games which were not itemizedin paragraph G.If toys are not to be taxed, then certainly children’s games should not be.We therefore ask that the live words “games and parts of games,” line 9, paragraph G, section 600, be stricken out and the words “sporting and athleticgames and parts of such games” be substituted, so that the section as amendedshall read as follows:”(g) Upon all tennis rackets, golf clubs, baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, ballsof all kinds, including baseballs, footballs, tennis, golf, lacrosse, billiard and poolballs, fishing rods, reels and lines, billiard and pool tables, chess and checkerboards and pieces, dice, sporting and athletic games and parts of such games,except playing cards, sold by the manufacturer, producer, or importer, a taxequivalent to five per centum of the price for which so sold.”All of the articles mentioned in paragraph G are sold by sporting goods stores,whereas children’s games sell in juvenile sections, such as in toy and game de-partments and toy and game shops.We are makers of a large amount of sporting and athletic games and adultgames of skill and are entirely willing to pay the tax imposed in this bill onsuch games, but it is evidently accidental and plainly unfair discrimination thatchildren’s games should receive other treatment than children’s toys.We request most earnestly that this error In the bill be corrected by theadoption of the amendment above submitted.Respectfully submitted.Parker Bros. (Inc.),George S. Parker, President.Wm. D. Chapple,Salem, Mass., Attorney.

The Review of Reviews (UK)

Mar 1906 Volume 33 Number 195 “Football An Ancient Chinese Game”

  • Page 288: In the Nineteenth Century, Mr. H. A. Giles, Professor of Chinese at Cambridge, writes on football and polo in China. He remarks that football was played by the Chinese several centuries before Julius Cæsar landed in Britain. Its invention has been ascribed to the mythical Yellow Emperor of the third millennium B.C. He quotes an ancient record:—The Emperor, Ch’eng Ti, B.C. 32-6, was fond of football; but his officers represented to him that it was both physically exhausting and anlso unsuitable to the Imperial dignity. His Majesty replied: “We like playing; and what one chooses to do is not exhausting.” An appeal was then made to the Empress, who suggested the game of tiddlywinks for the Emperor’s amusement.

Road and Track (US)

Dec 1951 Figurative

  • Front tire flips off rim like a

RQ (Northbrook, Illinois) (US)

Fall 1973 Page 57 “The Exchange/Fun and Games” by Mary Jo Lynch photocopy
Spring 1986 Page 303 “The Exchange” photocopy

St. Nicholas

Aug 1891 Volume 18 Number 10 Page 807
  • Page 807: The Riddle Box […]Star Puzzle […]”TIDDLEDY-WINKS”

The nom de plume of the puzzle-maker.

The Saturday Evening Post

Sept 1986 Volume 258 Page 52(3) “Etiquette: from soup to nuts; help, at last,
for the formal diner who handles a fork as if he’s spearing frogs and winds
up the meal drinking from the finger bowl”
Oct 1989 Volume 261 Number 7 Page 56(3) “The wrong stuff”
Sep 1990 Volume 262 Number 6 Pages 66-67, 74 “TIDDLYWINKS, ANYONE?”/”The top tiddler
of Richfield Center, Michigan, unfortunately couldn’t leave well enough
alone” by Maynard Good Stoddard. Re President Bush playing tiddlywinks;
illustration of kids shooting wink into pot

Saturday Night

Mar 1994 Volume 109 Number 2 Page 8(2) “The Dalai Lama of Generation X” (author Douglas

The School Journal

1 Feb 1902 Page 134 Volume 64 “Letters.”/”Heroism and Heroes.” by Louis H. Bailey.

  • If we should teach our children to consider such acts as that of Lieut. Hobson “cheap;” if we should teach our children that the soldier is an inferior type of man, and that any kind of rough sport is harmful; if we should teach that any exercise more exciting or dangerous than tiddledy winks is to be avoided, and our teaching was believed in and followed; if such a condition were arrived at, which God forbid, and the “Wrong but necessary war” was upon us, our flag and our nation would go down to well deserved oblivion. Our ethical superiority and our “Heroes of Life” would hardly save us.

Scribner’s Magazine

Dec 1890 Page 65 Volume 8 Number 6 Holiday Number “Sporting Goods”, E. I. Horsman advertisement

  • Page 65: Horsman’s Tiddledy Wink Tennis. The Latest Craze. By the introduction of this game Tennis players are enabled to indulge in their favorite pastime in the Parlor as well as upon the lawn. Singles and doubles as well as three-handed games may be played.Each player is provided with a large bone counter, which is termed a “racket.” A number of small bone counters represent tennis balls. A miniature tennis court of heavy green felt, accurately marked out with tennis net, accompanies the game.A cup and the full number of counters is also provided for the regular Game of Tiddledy Winks.Packed complete in box. WIll be sent free on receipt of One Dollar.E. I. Horsman, Publisher, 80 & 82 William St., N.Y.

Shorthand Educator

Jan 1898 Volume 4 Number 9 Whole Number 45 Page 262 Article: “Tiddledywink” Stenographers

  • The desire is entirely creditable, but unless attention is drawn to the complete stenographic incompetence of the graduates of such schools, how is their deception to be proved and made clear to the public? Investigation will show that nine pupils out of ten who have taken a course of lessons belong to the “chewing gum” or “tiddledywink” variety.

Signals: A Catalog for Fans & Friends
of Public Television (US)

Summer 1992 Page 23: J “Tiddlygolf … $29.00” (by Townsend Croquet Ltd.).

Smithsonian Magazine (US)

Sep 2003 Page: cover, 105 and later
  • Cover page: A Rousing Walk Across England
  • Page 105 (Coverage and photo of Charles Relle and Alan Dean’s walk across England)

Journal of Social Science (American Social Science Association)

Dec 1898 Number 36 Page 214 “Obligations of the State to Public Education” by Hon. Charles Bulkley Hubbell

  • Page 214: Persons high in authority even insist that the A, B, C’s, are all that the State should concern itself with in its relation to the schools, that the kindergarten serves no better purpose than to make children expert in tiddledy-winks, assert that physical culture only serves the ends of pugilism, and that the daily inspection of children with reference to contagious diseases in our schools is an invasion of the line of parental duties.
Historically important; photocopy; digital copy

The Speaker: A Review of Politics, Letters, Science, and the Arts (London, England)

21 Mar 1891 Volume 3 Page 344 “A Man Should Marry”

  • Page 344: He plays an absurdly juvenile game called Tiddledy Winks with them, and talks about Eton or Harrow for Jack, and Girton or a husband for Milly.

The Spectator (UK)

___ 1945 Volume 174 Page 424 Column 2 “University Sport”

  • Page 424:TIDDLEYWINKS.Sidney Sussex College won their first victory at tiddleywinks […] Saturday, when they beat Newnham College by 84 points to
    […] (eight a side).In its exhilaration over a victory comparable in its way […] Naseby, Cromwell’s college, I understand, proposes to re-christen […] great game SIddneywinks.
Digital excerpt (NATwA)
18 Oct 1957 Page 508 “Does Prince Philip Cheat at Tiddlywinks” by Strix
(only mention is in the headline)
Historically important; photocopy
28 Feb 1958 Page 261 “Quail at Querryton”/”Non Sequitur” by
Strix (previous headline inspiring Cambridge to challenge Prince Philip to tiddlywinks)
Historically important; photocopy


Aug 1985 Volume 1 Number 4 Page 46 “Who’s That Girl?” about Annie Lennox, by Simon Garfield

  • “People who really love playing and writing songs aren’t usually interested in business. Really, it’s like they play tiddledy-winks with you. […]”


Dec 1994 Volume 85 Number 12 Page 66(1)
  • Silver screen sportswriter: with “Cobb,” Ron
    Shelton establishes himself as the top sports filmmaker

The Sporting News

3 Jan 1994 Volume 217 Number 1 Page 41(3) “A cup full of doubts” (Los Angeles Kings; Montreal

Sports Illustrated

23 Jul 1956 “The Wonderful World of Sport”/”STORM ON LONG ISLAND SOUND”

  • Two dozen small boats, including the entire Turnabout class of 13, flipped like tiddlywinks in Long Island Sound.
31 Mar 1958 Pages E6-E8 Regional pages between 76 & 77. “Wink Up and
Fiddle”. (Cambridge University playing the Goons.) Photos.
Historically important; original (NATwA)
7 Apr 1958 Pages M5-M8 “Wink Up and Fiddle” by John Lovesay. Regional pages between 96 & 97. Same content as in 31 Mar 1958 Sports Illustrated

  • The “Goons,” of course, were the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Champions who last month, with the university’s senior proctor, students and townspeople looking on, met the Cambridge Tiddlywink Club in mortal battle.
Historically important; photocopy; original (Library of Congress)
13 Apr 1959 “They Said It”

  • Harold Haydon, dean of students at the University of Chicago, on being informed that his school had accepted a challenge from Cambridge University for an international tiddlywinks match: “Only students who maintain the university’s scholastic standards will be eligible.”
30 Nov 1959 “The Question: Do You Care Whether Or Not Your School Has A Good Football Team?” by Jimmy Jemail

  • Sure I do. I played halfback for Canisius College in Buffalo for three years. I’d like to see Canisius win the national championship, that’s how much I care. Isn’t that better than the University of Chicago, formerly a great football power, winning the tiddlywinks championship from Cambridge University?
20 Mar 1961 “Czech Giant Killers” by Jack Olsen

  • With the puck at last in play, the sly Czechs would start another private game. Often for as long as 30 or 40 seconds they would skate aimlessly back and forth in their own defensive zone, passing the puck to one another with no more purpose than kids playing tiddlywinks at recess time.
18 Dec 1961 “Scorecard”/”DEATH OF POOL”

  • If that isn’t enough to turn your stomach, here’s the clincher: BRPAA [Billiard Room Proprietors Association of America] will attempt to “attract potential women players to the game.” In this connection the new organization is already gloating over widely printed newspaper pictures of Queen Mother Elizabeth wielding a cue at London’s Press Club.To all of this nonsense, we say: BRPAA, go home. Or go out and organize the Tiddly-Winkers. Let pool alone. Pool is the last refuge of the harassed male.
30 Jul 1962 Pages 7-8 “Scorecard”/”WINKS AND CUBES” re Oxford
tour of US

  • The Oxford University Tiddlywinks Society, an honored if not very ancient organization, is about to land on our shores with the purpose of competing against such American tiddlywinks teams as The Cin Cin Irregulars, a New York club that meets in a pub, and various similarly attuned groups along the Atlantic seaboard from the Lake Tarleton Club at Pike, N.H. down through the Berkshires to Philadelphia.[…]
17 Dec 1962 Pages 22, 28 “The Harvards and the Yales”

  • Wednesday morning. The Gargoyle Undergraduate Tiddlywinks Society posted a notice in Phillips Brooks House: “It’s so colossal only the mighty parlor of P.B.H. could hold it! So stupid that Sports Illustrated is covering it—Saturday only, Yale vs. the undefeated G.U.T.S. 10 a.m. Free.”
7 Jan 1963 Page 72 “19th Hole: The Readers Take Over”. 3 letters

  • Having been non-U my entire life, I humbly suggest your reporters concern themselves less with the self-conscious mewings of the Harvards, their tiddlywinks, light touch-tacklers and shy but acne-faced football team and more with such solid sports as model train construction (HO), water ballet and cut the pie.
25 Nov 1963 “19th Hole: The Readers Take Over” Letter from Don Streeter, Westminster, Mass.

  • Now Walter Bingham comes along and wants to go to touch football. He should go to Harvard. They have a good tiddly-winks team there; that seems to be his sport.
31 Oct 1966 “For Indians, It Was A Day to Bite the Dust” by Gwilym S. Brown, Tom C. Brody

  • Ric Zimmerman, the tall, intelligent, left-handed quarterback whose poise and passing have helped Harvard to serve up the kind of vitamin-rich, well-balanced offense that has been lacking in Cambridge for many years, would not go that far, but he has a few ideas of his own on why the Harvards love beating the Dartmouths at anything, even tiddlywinks.
28 Feb 1972 Page 72 “19th Hole: The Readers Take Over”. Letter from Franklin F. Russell of Oxford (see also 31 Jan
1972 page 76)

  • The Oxford club has also asked the Blues Committee for a half-blue, citing Cambridge as an example, but it has been turned-down on the ground that if half-blues were given for chess, the bridge and tiddlywinks chaps would not be far behind.
19 Feb 1973 “Cook It Up And Dish It Out” by Jeannette Bruce

  • By the time I left I had acquired a sack of unbleached, unmilled, whole-grain flour, Biblical honey—so named because it comes from the manna plant, which I thought was very cute—and organic cookies, carob candy bars for instant stamina, dried apricots and a snack of toasted tiddley-winks.
23 Apr 1973 Page 95 “19th Hole: The Readers Take Over”. Letter from Tim Schiller comparing tiddlywinks with Gene
Tenace’s plight in baseball

  • While reading your article on Gene Tenace, I was struck by the similarity between his plight and our own. Although tiddlywinks doesn’t quite yet command the public attention that baseball does, we have experienced similar feelings.
26 May 1975 Page 89 “Beating Their Brains Out” by John Underwood. About MIT winning
tiddlywinks championship in England

  • ‘”It’s not just sports at MIT, it’s everything. There’s something like 170 activities on campus. The rule is, if a group of kids wants something, it’s made available. We had the world Frisbee champion here giving classes. A couple years ago somebody wanted to start a tiddly-winks team. They went to the student government. They got the money for it.”(When asked about the latter, Publicist Close looked as though he had been hit with a cream pie. “Oh, don’t mention that,” he said, grinning sheepishly. Why not? “It’s embarrassing. Tiddly-winks.” What prompted it? “The world championships. In London. Please don’t mention it.” The team went to London? “Yes”‘ How’d it do? Subdued voice: “They won.” […])
22 Dec 1986 Volume 65 Page 74(9) A Grand And Heavy Legacy” by Kevin Cook.

  • “After one of Richie’s[Rich Mount] games, immediately Rick will find something negative to say. It’s that competitive instinct. Rick’s probably right. But I’m a mother, I don’t think like that. If I were raising Richie by myself, he would probably play tiddlywinks instead of basketball.”
27 Nov 1995 [only in mail subscription editions] “Tiddlywinks!”/”To Squop, or Not to Squop?” by Mark Wexler. Photo of Larry
Kahn and Dave Lockwood (by Rick Tucker).

  • Larry Kahn bent over a felt-covered table and contemplated his predicament. “O.K., so I can’t pot my nurdled wink,” he said smugly. “I sure as heck won’t let you piddle free so you can boondock my red.”
Important; original (NATwA)

The Stage Yearbook

1927 Page 12
  • Page 12: Tiddleywinks, too, once held me in its toils, but it proved too engrossing. But how the memory lives of that glorious night when, after an appalling struggle, I brought home in triumph the Championship Shield of the Tottenham Tiddleywinks Tournament.

The Strand Magazine (UK)

Dec 1899 Volume 18 Number 108 Grand Christmas Double Number Advertisement, “Gamage’s Grand Christmas Bazaar”

  • (unnumbered page): Chess, Draughts, Dominoes, Billiards, Bagatelle, Table Croquet, German Billiards, Tiddledy Winks, Playing Cards, and Indoor Games of Every Description

The Strand Musical Magazine (UK)

Jul-Dec 1896 Volume 4 Page 137 Column 2
  • Page 137: Lady ComposersCaroline LowthianAmongst her polkas, “Black and Tan,” “Mother Hubbard,”, and “Tiddledy-Winks” are the most known

The Student’s Journal

Jan 1898 Volume 27 Number 1
  • Page 3 (title): “Tiddledywink” Stenographers[…] Investigation will show that nine pupils out of
    ten who have taken a course of lessons in those institutions belong to the “chewing gum” or ” tiddledywink” variety. […]
  • Page 4: [“]Stenography, as it is practiced by the competent reporter or by
    the skilful office amanuensis, is not an easy thing to master, and
    many who once thought differently have lived to change their
    minds. It would doubtless be a good thing for members of the
    fraternity who are thoroughly capable and experienced if every
    stenographer applicant were obliged, before taking a position, to
    pass a satisfactory examination before a board of shorthand
    experts.Time rights all things, and it will probably not be long before
    the difference between a competent and an incompetent stenographer will be more generally understood. Then good-by to
    the ” tiddledy winks!”—N. Y. Sun, Dec. 8th, 1897.

Sunset: the Pacific Monthly (US)

Apr 1917 Volume 38 Number 3 Page 39
  • Page 39: Close-Ups of Home PropsA cat is likewise concerned with the affec
    tions of Fanny Ward. Jack Dean, when
    asked what Fanny loved next best to him,
    replied: “O, a sort of fur-bearing cock
    roach she calls a doc.” That betrayed
    jealousy for Jack, and when his rival died
    that very week he was suspected of beingsecretly resigned to the loss. But Fanny
    came home in a few days with Tiddledy-winks, the cat that has cornered her
    present affections.

The Table Tennis Collector

Aug 2012 Number 65, Page 21
  • Page 20 (title): 1888 Patents for Table Gamesby Alan Duke
  • Page 21: And finally from that year (also on the 22 December), Harold Charles Wilson (Gentleman from Norfolk) and Alice Constance Inverarity Margary (Spinster of Tunbridge Wells) submitted Application No. 18,789 for “A modification of Lawn Tennis Forming an Indoor Game”.
  • 18,789, Wilson, H. C., and Margary, A. C. I. Dec. 22
  • Games played with counters and flippers in imitation of lawn tennis. A table, board, &c. is covered with baize or other material, and the surface marked off as a miniature lawn-tennis court, a small net being also placed across the centre. The game is played with small ivory, bone, &c. models of racquets, and ordinary counters in place of balls, both being made of ivory, bone, or like materials. A counter is placed on the service line and caused to jump over the net by pressing it will one of the model racquets, and is then returned by the opponent in the same manner; the method of playing and of scoring is in all other respects similar to the game of lawn tennis itself.
  • This is an example of the tiddledy winks type mentioned by Chuck [Hoey] (TTC 63). The aim was to flip the ‘ball’ over the net in the correct court marked out ‘to scale with an ordinary lawn court’. “Flitterkins” was registered as a Trade Mark (91920) by John Jaques on 31 July 1889.
  • Photograph: The New Game of “Flitterkins.” Trade Mark. By Letters Patent. Published by J. Jaques & Son. London.
  • (With grateful thanks to Michale Thomson for the photo of the ‘Flitterkins’ box lid.)
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Teachers College Record

1904 Volume 5 Number 3 Page 64 “Experimental Work in Elementary Schools”

  • Page 61 (title): The Playroom at the Speyer SchoolBy Laura E. McDowell
  • Page 63: Of the games suitable for children from six to ten there
    may be found a considerable number. Some of these appeal
    especially to the imagination, some have only a few simple rules,others test more the physical powers. Under the first head are
  • Page 64: the sliced animals and picture blocks; under the second are
    anagrams, lotto, snap, and the flag games; and under the third,
    jackstraws, ring toss, faba baga, fish pond, and tiddledy winks.
    These are the different types of games that the majority of children who come to the playroom would enjoy.

Tiddlywinks and Marbles Player (fictitious)

Mar 1964 Number 186
  • Headline: 1964 Tiddly Winks TournamentPicture story and full report is on pages 22-38covered by Daniel Wickes
  • Photograph of adults playing on a table without a mat
  • Tiddlywinks and Marbles Player magazine has brought joy and information to people of all ages for many years now.



14 May 1928 26 “In Iowa” about publisher John Cowles
(coincidentally a cosigner of Harvard Crimson 1919 letter)

  • The smart set of
    Des Moines […] often amuse themselves with […] a modern variation of famed
15 Feb 1932 “INTERNATIONAL: Arms for Disarmament”

  • Only 20 of the 57 participating delegates [to the Geneva Conference] were found to hold plenary powers from their governments. This meant that they might as well be at home playing tiddlywinks.
6 Mar 1933 “Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Mar. 6, 1933”

  • Hangman’s Whip (by Norman Reilly Raine & Frank Butler; William A. Brady Jr., producer). […]For 30 years, with whip and gun, Cockney Trader Prin (portly Montague Love, who muscles people around with his stomach) has put the fear o’ hell into the natives living far up an African river. He has also broken most of the white assistants that have served under him for, as he says, “I ain’t run this river playing tiddly-winks.”
15 Jun 1936 “Books: Sesquipedalian”

  • He [Dexter Williams Fellows] has taught Ubangi women to play tiddlywinks on their platter lips.
1 Jan 1940 “POLITICAL NOTES: 1940”

  • The work of administering his Federal Security Administration last week took Paul Vories McNutt into New Jersey, for a luncheon at Newark with bankers, corporation officers, and politicos of both parties. The tall “Orchid Man” said the visit had no political significance, but “we weren’t playing tiddlywinks.”
1 Sep 1941 “Tiddlygolf”

  • If the accident rate rises in suburban U.S. communities this fall because citizens are hit by flying sticks, insurance companies can blame a game called Kangaroo Golf. Invented and patented by internationally famed Composer-Organist Pietro Yon, virtuoso at Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, it has the same object as golf and can be set up in any good-sized yard (see cut).In the game, wooden pegs (kangaroos) are used instead of balls and they are driven from a portable, slope-topped wooden tee—the projecting end of the kangaroo is struck with a sharp downward chop to send it jumping as in tiddlywinks.
23 Jun 1941 Volume 37 Page 21 “ARMY: Girls for Our Boys”

  • Who should visit Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark. but rotund Elsa Maxwell, professional party-liner for café society. Last week, interviewed by the New York World-Telegram, Miss Maxwell had some unexpectedly shrewd observations to make about the U.S. Army’s morale. Said she:”
    ‘. . . You can’t relegate them to the nursery or 1918. The pace has changed. These men are not going to stand for . . . rationed entertainment. It’s the bunk to them. Tiddlywinks is no substitute for a girl.”
12 Jul 1943 “AIR: Sascha’s Show”

  • In Hollywood last summer Walt Disney, restless creator of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many another cinanimal, was playing mental tiddlywinks with the idea of putting together a monthly animated-cartoon digest
8 Nov 1948 “The Eternal Apprentice”

  • [Jay] Oppenheimer liked to ride his horse Chico 40 rugged miles in a day, exploring the Sangre de Cristo Mountains up to the peaks. In the evenings, he would nibble on canned artichoke hearts, drink fine Kirschwasser, and read Baudelaire by the light of an oil lamp. He invented an abstruse variety of tiddlywinks, played on the geometric designs of a Mexican rug.
10 Mar 1958 Volume 71 “People”

  • Later in an arduous week, the Prince [Philip] scratched himself from a tiddlywinks joust to which he had been challenged by the Cambridge University team. He said with regret that he would have liked to lead his team, the Goons, but “unfortunately, while practicing secretly, I pulled an important muscle in the second or tiddly joint of my winking finger. Wink up. fiddle the game, and may the Goon side win.
14 Sep 1962 Pages 56-57 “Winking In” re Oxford’s tour of the US. Photo.

  • For the visiting British players, the U.S. tour was a ruddy marvel. The five-week campaign carried them from the towers of Manhattan to the arch of the Golden Gate, from the green hills of Stratford, Conn., to the quiet lanes of Philadelphia.
Historically important; original
8 Jan 1965 “Cinema: Game Night”

  • Rattle of a Simple Man. “Have ye got a dartboard?” asks the scoutmaster from Manchester. There are no tiddlywinks at hand, and the London prostitute with whom he is spending the night to win a £50 bet on his virility has grown weary of ticktacktoe.
12 Mar 1965 “Bechuanaland: Walking the Tightrope”

  • Cynics called it “the tiddlywinks poll,” but when all the cardboard disks were counted last week, Bechuanaland had wisely and overwhelmingly elected as its first Prime Minister an African leader with just the right qualifications: moderation, modesty and multiracial understanding.”The Black Englishman.” The man who won at tiddlywinks is Seretse Khama, 43, a tall, bearded Oxonian who 16 years ago threw away his right to the paramount chieftainship of the powerful Bamangwato tribe to marry an English girl.
14 Jul 1967 “Parker’s Pachyderms” with brief mention
15 Aug 1977 “THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: L.B.J.: The Softer They Fall”

  • Horace Busby, who was Johnson’s press secretary then, remembered that the Stevenson folks rushed out and found Judge T. Whitfield (“Tiddlywinks”) Davidson at a fishing hole and got him to issue an order holding up certification of the primary winner. Lyndon’s forces went on up to Justice Black, who did not like Johnson but overruled Tiddlywinks’ order just the same.
8 Jan 1979 “Nation: Why Moscow Stalled SALT”

  • Says one Administration official: “Compared with SALT II, passing the Panama Canal treaties was playing tiddlywinks.”
24 Mar 1980 “Television: War Games” by Gerard Clarke.

  • At an early briefing, a commanding officer calmly sends his subordinates off to battle: “That’s my last word. Be professional, and let it all hang out.” A few days later, problems have arisen, and he is less amiable. “By God,” he says, “either you do it, or I’ll find a job for you in the tiddlywink factory. I hope I’ve made myself clear. I ain’t talkin’ to hear my head rattle.”
21 Apr 1980 “Show Business: Arts Gratia Arfis”

  • just about every sport except tiddlywinks has a shot at a fall spot as a television show)
28 Sep 1981 Page 44 “We, the Jury, Find the…” by Otto Friedrich, Evan Thomas

  • Three jurors adamantly held out for conviction. Says Yurack: “The rest of us could have gone home and played tiddly winks.” On the eighth day, the jury gave up.
23 Apr 1990 Volume 135 Number 17 Page 21(1) “Grapevine” (anecdotes about Ed Meese,
the insurance industry and others)
30 Jul 1980 “Los Angeles: Uncovering the Manhole Men”

  • The disappearance of 300 manhole covers weighing as much as 300 lbs. each over the past three weeks had Los Angeles police mystified. It seemed unlikely that tourists were swiping them as souvenirs or that many people could easily use them as tiddledywinks or Frisbees.
9 Mar 1987 “Sport: Par Cut Off at the Knees”

  • Almost no amateur golfers play by the rules. They have come to an accommodation with themselves and one another to bump the ball in the fairways or nonchalant it on the greens. The game most of them play combines croquet with tiddledywinks.
4 Apr 2001 “Why I’m ‘Postal’ Over the Prospect of No Saturday Delivery” by Jessica Reaves

  • Tough tiddlywinks.
27 Oct 2008 “Top 10 Fringe World Titles”/”6 of 10″/”Tiddlywinks”

TES (Times Educational Supplement) Magazine (UK)

19 May 1995 “Diary” by Carborundum. Re Peter Downes

  • Dark secrets are emerging about the past of Peter Downes, president of the Secondary Heads Association and a man who hitherto has appeared to lead an entirely blameless life. His vice? Using his squidger to viciously squop his opponents.Perhaps we should explain. It has come to light that, while a student at Cambridge back in the 1950s, Mr Downes was a leading light in the university’s victorious Tiddlywinks team. Did we say victorious? So accurate was this lot’s squopping that they awarded themselves quarter-Blues on the strength of their performance.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Town & Country

Dec 1978 Page 68 “Monopoly’s Parker Brothers” transcript

Toy Novelties

annual directories listing manufacturers, including:

1944-45 (24th) Page 187
1947 Page 299
1959 Page 303
28 Jun 1963
1964 Page 334
1969 Page 402

Toy Topics (US)

Feb 1979 Letter by Fred Shapiro

Toys and Games You Can Make (Science and Mechanics Publications) (US)

©1947 Page 57 “Magnetic Tiddlywinks”. 1 photo. original

T.P.’s Weekly

13 Mar 1914 Page 330 “What is Spoof?”

  • Page 330: Tiddleywinks.Spoof (turf), deception, swindle, sell. Properly a childish kind of game like “tiddleywinks.” […]It no doubt owes its origin to the game of “spoof,” played on a draught-board with counters, which have to be whisked on the top of the adversary’s own counters by means of a small stick.

Trade Marks Journal (UK) (at Boston
Public Library)

(see Trademarks section)

Treasury Decisions Under Customs and Other Laws (United States Department of the Treasury)

Jan-Jun 1916 Volume 30 Page 365 “Before Board 1, March 1, 1916”

  • No. 39311.—Protests 789063, etc., of Geo. Borgfeldt & Co. (New York).Bone Counters—Toys.—Small, flat, circular pieces of bone used as counters by children in the game of tiddlywinks, classified as parts of toys at 35 per cent ad valorem under paragraph 342, tariff act of 1913, are claimed dutiable as manufactures of bone at 20 per cent under paragraph 368.Opinion by Sullivan, G. A. The evidence was held not sufficient to warrant reversing the collector’s action.

TV Guide (US)

23-29 Feb 1980 [Eastern New England edition] Original (NATwA)
Page A100 NBC ad
Page A103 Listing for Real People program, 27 Feb

Unitarian Review

May 1891 Volume 35 Page 402 “Editor’s Note-Book”

  • This century emphasizes the theory of united and organized effort. Possibly, it exaggerates the value of association as compared with the individual. Certainly, the sympathy and cooperation of others is a cordial; yet it is easy to overdo the fashion of joining in bunds and orders under every banner, from Tiddledy-winks to Social Regeneration. In union there surely is strength, but individuality possesses a delicate and distinct vitality of its own.

United States Congressional serial set (US)

1898 55th Congress, 2rd Session Document Number 5 Page 1344
  • Page x: Education Report, 1897-98
  • Page 1330: Moral Education
  • Page 1344: [similar or same as below; retrieve and check @@@]
To be completed
23 Feb 1905 58th Congress, 3rd Session Document Number 187 Page 303 “Man and Abnormal Man Including a Study of Children in Connection with Bills to Establish Laboratories under Federal and State Governments for the Study of the Criminal, Pauper, and Defective Classes” by Arthur MacDonald. Washington: Government Printing Office

  • Page 241: Child Study in the United States
  • Page 299: Moral Education
  • Page 303: Games.Sec. X. What games have you preferred and what has been their influence in developing manliness or womanliness, sense of justice and fair play, honesty, perseverance,
    hardihood, physical strength, and what recreations do you prefer, and why? What
    is their effect?The following list shows the games played by the girls:Hide and seek, 56; croquet, 43; tag, 41; tennis, 36; checkers, 23; parchesi, 22;
    anthors, 10; dolls, 18; house, 17; cards 16; baseball, 15; blind man’s buff, 15; pigs
    in clover, 12; prisoner s base, 12; jackstones, 11; jumping rope, 9; halma, 9; dominoes,
    9; I spy, 6; chess, 5; duck on the rock, 5; fox and geese, 5; hopscotch, tiddledy
    winks, 5; school, 5; messenger boy, 4; old maid, 4; euchre, 4 ; pussy wants a corner,
    4; hoop rolling, 3; drop the handkerchief, puzzles, whist, marbles, solitaire, kick the
    wicket, football, 3 each; anagrams, Antony over, colors, shuttlecock, battledore,
    basketball, pull away, horse, jackstraws, casino, seesaw, mumblety peg, bluebird,
    ambassadors, robbers, lotto, black bear. 2 each; bean bug, fish pond, twenty questions, hearts, color of the bird, come to supper, dog on wood, crack the whip, charades, sense steps, hide the thimble, puzzle fifteen, kick the can, red soldier cap,
    cribbage, bowling, London bridge is fall ing down, Jacob and Rachel, hare and hounds,
    my ship’s arrived, bright idea, spider and the fly, Louisa, wild horse, golden pavement, consequences, snap, hunt the slipper, kick the stick, geography cards, dice,
    Peter Coddle’s dinner party, putting together our country, princess and captain, ten
    pins, gymnasium, cars, cross and wood, can can, old witch, running on cans, walking
    on stilts, backgammon, crisscross, here we go round the mullberry tree, tollgate,
    giants, Copenhagen, needle’s eye, word making, catch, jack-a-bow, innocence abroad,
    go bang, mother goose, catch fish, circus, church, babmintor, Indians, and guessing
    games.Games by the boys are: Baseball, 14; football, 9; checkers,8; cards, 7; tenuis,6;
    marbles, 4; tag, 4; croquet, 4; bowling, 3; hide and seek, ; dominoes, 2; pool, 2;
    tiger, 1; blind man’s buff, jumping rope, little old man, mossy, shinny, hide the
    thimble, forfeits, parchesi, chess, tit-tat-toe, quoits, billiards.In regard to the moral import of games, the following classification shows the way
    they are viewed by the boys and girls:Womanliness.—bolls, 17; house, 12; school, 3.
  • Page 304: Manliness.—Ball, 12 (football 6, baseball 6); tennis, 1; cricket, 1.Mental power.—Authors, 5; checkers, 3; music, 2; chess, 1; cards, 1; parchesi, 1;
    charades, 1; ball, 1; my ship’s come borne, 1; anagrams, 1; putting onr country
    together, 1.Perseverance.—Pigs in clover, 9; parchesi, 9; tennis, 9; checkers, 8; ball, 8; croquet, 5; halma, 5; cards, 5; puzzles, 5; hide and seek, 5; I spy, 2; authors, 2; tag, 2;
    chess, 2; tiddledy winks, 2; black bear, 1; robber, puss in corner, backgammon,
    crisscross, anagrams, solitaire, duck on rock, the spider and the fly, messenger
    force, jacks, 1 each.Justice and fair filay.—Croquet, 22; hide and seek, 18; cards, 14; checkers, 12;
    ball, 12; authors, 7; tag, 6; parchesi, 6: tennis, 6; halma, 4; blind man’s buff, 4; 1
    spy, 3; jacks, 3; prisoner’s base, 2; hunt the slipper, black bear, puss in corner, backgammon, crisscross, tollgate, puzzles, bowling, dominoes, hopscotch, ambassodor,
    bright idea, Indians, tenpins, lotto, chess, innocence abroad, messenger force,
    quoits, 1 each.Honesty.—Croquet, 19; hide and seek, 18; cards. 12; checkers, 11; parchesi, 7;
    ball, 7; authors, 6; blind man’s bluff, 5; jacks, 5; tennis, 4; I spy, 3; tag, 2; halma, 2;
    prisoner’s base, 2; hunt the slipper, black bear, puss in corner, tollgate, fish pond,
    seven steps, colors, hopscotch, chess, tiddledy winks, innocence abroad, go bang, 1
    each.Cheating. — Cards, 4; checkers, 1; croquet, 1; dominoes, 1.The recreations mentioned by the girls are: Walking, 35; rowing, 35; reading, 33;
    skating, 32; dancing, 31; driving, 25; bicycling, 20; riding, 14; music, 14: swimming, 4; coasting, 3; sailing, 3; talking, 3; rambling in the woods, 3; theater, 2;
    fancy work, 2; springboard, 1; billiards, 1: tennis, 1; Indian clubs, 1; day dreaming, 1.By the boys: Bicycling, 7; swimming, 7; skating, 4; riding, 3; gymnastics, 3;
    fishing, 2; strolling in the woods, 2; walking, 2; reading, 2; rowing, 2; hunting, 1;
    sailing, 1; driving, 1; music, 1; bowling, 1; dancing, 1.

Us (US)

29 May 1979 Page 3 Table of contents original
Pages 22-23 “The world’s best winker is making a career out of
child’s play”. Photo

Vanity Fair (US)

Oct 2000 online “THE PRESIDENCY”/”The Accidental Candidate” by Gail Sheehy. Re George W. Bush

  • Big George, her son and the future president, was also an unbridled competitor; he even had to beat his own children at the family tiddlywinks championships. But given Big George’s scorecard—model Andover student, captain of the Yale baseball team, combat veteran who flew torpedo bombers over the Pacific, successful oilman, congressman, U.N. ambassador, C.I.A. director, envoy to China—there was no way for Little George to beat the old man at his own games.
Digital copy (NATwA)
9 Dec 2010 online “Something Wiki This Way Comes” by James Wolscott. Re and Al Giordano’s take on it:

  • We’re sympathetic to WikiLeaks. We oppose those attacking it. We will defend it from spurious prosecution (our attorneys, who essentially wrote the law that protects WikiLeaks, are also on standby). We hope it can withstand the firestorm. But we’re reality-based and have seen radical celebrity stories turn quickly to flashes in the pan before. This game ain’t tiddlywinks. There are real consequences at play. And it’s tough for metal to go through fire if it wasn’t forged in fire, first.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Verbatim: The Language Quarterly (US)

Dec 1977 Page 4 Volume 4, Number 3 “Winking Words” by Philip M. Cohen. Taken from Games
and Puzzles magazine #24
Important; photocopy <z>; digital copy
Sum 1984 Page 21 “BIBLIOGRAPHIA” review of “A dictionary of
slang and unconventional English, 8th edition”

Walden’s Stationer and Printer

10 Nov 1911 Volume 34 Number 20 Page 16 “Game and Novelty Catalogue.”

    • Stationers dealing in games will be interested in this year’s catalogue of Parker Brothers, Inc., one of the largest manufacturers in the country. […]
    • It would simply be impossible merely to enumerate

the titles, but a glance reveals such old favorites as “Ping-Pong,”, “Pillow-Dex,” “Tiddledy Winks,” “Lotto,” etc. while among the new things may be mentioned “Salem Witch Fortune Telling Game,” ” Electrical Wonder Book,” “Toy Town Games,” ” Battle Games,” in many new styles “Whack-a-Back,” “Jumping Frog,” “Crazy Willie,” “Twirly Gig,” ” Pocket Ball,” etc.

Wisconsin Library Bulletin

Jan-Feb 1909 Volume 5 Number 1 Page 16
  • Page 15: Games for Use in LibrariesMildred Dean […]
  • Page 16: Games for the younger children […]5. Tiddledy winks. Parker .35

Washingtonian Magazine

Nov 1983 Page 119 “Getting Together”. NATwA in club listing original
Jan 1985 Page 21 “Information Please”. Query re drinking game


x x 1993 (1.5) “Street Cred Terminal Scholarship”

  • Scott
    Bukatman’s whirlwind study investigates an Information Age that’s all too willing to play
    tiddlywinks with personal identities as they drift in and out of digital realities.
digital copy

Woman’s Own (UK)

Nov 1964 Query by Guy Consterdine

Woman’s Work

1918 Page 57 Column 2 “How One Missionary Rests”

  • Page 57: “That vision faded and a brighter one came when I saw the folks waiting for me when I got home. An elderly lady and her three grandchildren and two other boys were sitting in the sunshine on the south veranda, and two lonesome, half-sick, middle-aged women were huddled near the stove in the sitting room. I got a blanket and pillow for one of them and had her lie down, got out the “tiddledy winks” for the little boys, wiped the baby’s nose, and talked with the grandmother a while.

Women’s Sports and Fitness

Oct 1990 Page 28 and later “Tour de Tater: spuds and cyclists reign supreme at the
Ore-Ida women’s challenge bicycle race”

Woman’s Work

Mar 1918 Volume 33 Number 3 “How One Missionary Rests”

  • Page 57: I got a blanket and pillow for one of them and had her lie down, got out the “titedy winks” for the little boys, wiped the baby’s nose, and talked with the grandmother a while.

Working Woman

August 1995 Volume 20 Number 8 Page 46(8) “The gospel according to Mary” (businesswoman
Mary Cunningham Agee)

Work With Boys: A Magazine of Methods

Oct 1903 Volume 3 Number 4 Page 274 “PRACTICAL METHODS”

  • The following nine games were used, which from experience we consider well adapted for the purpose:Conette (a small catapult throwing a projectile into a net marked off with numbers), ring-a-peg (a modified tiddledy-winks), […]
___ 1915 Volume 15 Number __ Page 347 “Work That’s Being Done”

  • Page 347: But here is what Thomas Chew suggests as a proper list of boys’ games, suitable, he says, for boys under 14:Checkers, dominoes, lotto, ring-toss, blocks, tiddley-winks, […]

World Today (UK)

Dec 1908 Volume 15 Number 6 Page 1225
  • Page 1216 (heading): Christmas-tide in CornwallBy Edna Bourne Holman
  • Page 1225: The ordinary people know only
    that it is a good day to go away and have
    a pleasant time, and possibly get “tiddley”; a “tiddley-wink” or ” tiddledy-wink” in Cornwall is no celluloid discused in an innocent table-game, but a beer-shop.

The Writer

Jan 1894 Page 22 Column 2 “A Hundred and Fifty Recent English Words” by H. A.

  • Of new terms relating to sports and games I have admitted only eight: Base-ballist, caroussel, craps, mamooz, pigs-in-clover, pool-selling, tiddledy-winks, tricycler.

Yankee (US)

Feb 1978 Page 169 “Games people played” by Lee Dennis (mention of
“Tiddledy Winks” in a list)


Mar 1977 Pages 44-51 “Winks”, text and photos by Daniel Dern. 2 photos,
2 drawings (history, rules, culture)
Important; photocopy


1966 Large Canadian (?) national weekly magazine article about
Waterloo (Winking World 10, page 9)
1972 Canadian? national magazines

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