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Thread #164565   Message #3940762
Posted By: Mr Red
01-Aug-18 - 04:37 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Children's games
Subject: RE: Folklore: Children's games
1953-1957, a game called Turkey
This was at a boarding school/orphanage** so geographical references are not immediately helpful. But I am sure, though don't have specific memories, that Eric (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) Idle would have played it.

Basically it was a form of hide and seek. There would be someone who was "it" (ie on) and there was an arrangement of found   2 inch ish sticks arranged in an "H" against a wall, with an upright "elongated Y" to hold the horizontal in place. Though the holding stick only had to have features that would allow the formation to remain.

Then there was someone designated (last found?) to throw a tennis ball at the sticks to disrupt the configuration. At this point everyone scattered except the "it" who had to wait, presumably closing his eyes for a count (don't remember a number).

Then it was a game of hide and seek. But "it" had to guard the sticks as well. If anyone could dash up to the sticks and re-build the "H" "it" remained as "it", if all found then first found became "it" and it started again. If anyone re-forming the sticks was tagged (touched) , he was effectively "found".

The curious thing is My Grandfather, born 1875 ish, played a game called Tin-can-a-lerky as a kid. I have recorded what I remember on a PDF at 52 here. (see other childrens' games listed nearby). & hear various old folks recalling the Farmer's in his den

And in the Stroud area, 30s - 50s, they played a hide and seek game with a different found object. called Tin-I-Aki hear the memories here. The similarity of the names and the games is no coincidence IMNSHO.

**dictionary definition of an orphan is having lost one parent. And we all had in my time. The school was founded in 1850 when the loss of one or other parent cause serious hardship in the household. Sponsorship from the Lions & Masons made the school viable till the late 60's when the number of foundationers dropped to less than 20%.