[Ads-l] Antedating of "Tetherball"

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 24 15:24:43 UTC 2022

"a pole some 110 ft high"? Like, 8-10 stories? We must have a misprint or
typo for 10 here.

Mark Mandel

On Sat, Jan 22, 2022, 10:29 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> *...*
> Date: October 16, 1875
> Periodical: The Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News
> Article: Tether-Ball. A New Game.
> Quote Page 57, Column 2 and 3
> https://books.google.com/books?id=4zwOHUzX8E4C&q=tether-ball#v=snippet&
> [Begin excerpt – double check for errors]
> A new game is introduced to our notice by "Tether-Ball" :— "I think
> many of our readers will be glad to know of a capital new game, which
> can be set up at a trilling outlay on a lawn of any size. All that is
> wanted is a threepenny indiarubber ball, made fast to the end of
> threepennyworth of elastic cord, the other end of which is tied to the
> top of *a pole some 110 ft high*, firmly fixed in the middle of the
> lawn. The cord should be of such length as to allow the ball just to
> swing clear of the grass at the foot of the pole.

> [End excerpt]
> Garson

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