Games by Jessie H. Bancroft
This book was written in 1909, a time when people were beginning to engage in more leisure activities. It includes social games, quiet games, "stunts and contests," and singing games, bean bag games, ball games, and more. It is interesting to see how "games" and its meaning have changed over time.
"This book aims to be a practical guide for the player of games, whether child or adult, and for the teacher or leader of games. A wide variety of conditions has been considered, including schools, playgrounds, gymnasiums, athletic fields, summer camps, adult house parties and country clubs, settlement work, children's parties and the environment of indoors or out-of-doors, city or country, summer or winter, the seashore, the woodland, or the snow. The games have been collected from many countries and sources, with a view to securing novel and interesting as well as thoroughly tried and popular material, ranging from traditional to modern gymnasium and athletic games. An especial effort has been made to secure games for particular conditions. Among these may be mentioned very strenuous games for older boys or men; games for the schoolroom; games for large numbers; new gymnasium games and those which make use of natural material such as stones, pebbles, shells, trees, flowers, leaves, grasses, holes in the sand or earth, and diagrams drawn on the ground." (Introduction)