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"HistoryLives" is the line of products that Cooperman Company makes for the museum gift store trade. There is a long history in America, especially here in the northeast, of musical instrument makers also making toys and other items, and our shop is no exception. From time to time we have overstocks or discontinued items that we will post in this outlet store. If you are a member of the trade, please email us at info@cooperman.com.
 
 
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Opponents send gaily beribboned hoops whirling towards each other to be caught on the tips of slender wands in this exciting and elegant outdoor game. The game of Graces was considered proper and beneficial exercise for young ladies in the early 1800’s, and it was proper as well for boys to join in the game as a "lark". Judging by children’s books and store advertisements, the game of Graces remained as popular throughout the 19th century as it is today.
Toys of the cup & ball family had already been favorite childhood amusements for many centuries by the time of settlements in the North American colonies, and they have remained popular throughout American history. In simple cup & ball toys, the ball is tossed and caught in a cup on the end of a stick.
Ninepins has been a popular sport in North America since the Dutch settlers brought it with them to the Hudson River Valley in the 17th century. It is one of many forms of bowling games played in Europe since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In colonial America, men and women of all ages enjoyed the popular pastime of ninepins; it remained a popular sport until tenpins became well established in the late 19th century. This tabletop version has been developed from period accounts and print sources.
Adults and children alike have been fascinated with spinning toys since antiquity, and top games are seen in all parts of the world throughout time. Although the whip top may be the most ancient member of the toy top family, at least five types of tops were known in England by the 16th century, including peg tops, whip tops, and hand spun tops; the North American Indian tribes also have a rich heritage of top games, many of which were played on the ice.