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Aggies, Immies, Shooter, and Swirls: The Magical World of MarblesIt's been 60 years since marbles had their heyday on the sidewalks of America. Your average '90s kid would rather play with one Sega CD than a whole...Aggies, Immies, Shooter, and Swirls: The Magical World of MarblesPop CultureIt's been 60 years since marbles had their heyday on the sidewalks of America. Your average '90s kid would rather play with one Sega CD than a whole...1994-06-10

It’s been 60 years since marbles had their heyday on the sidewalks of America. Your average ’90s kid would rather play with one Sega CD than a whole barrelful of aggies and immies. But before you go shooting your mouth off about marbles, did you know that the ancient Romans played a similar game with round nuts? That Pieter Brueghel the Elder painted a scene of children playing marbles? Still not impressed? Then forget the text of Aggies, Immies, Shooter, and Swirls: The Magical World of Marbles by Marilyn Barrett, and check out its eye-popping photographs. Here are painted clay marbles that look like birds’ eggs; delicate, 19th-century porcelain marbles from Germany; dramatic sulfides containing silvery figures of animals; pristine-looking mineral marbles from India; and intricate millefiori-style | marbles filled with tiny bits of glass. Yes, there is no getting around it: These are gorgeous orbs. A-

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