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"The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI: Exploring the World of Games" Step into a world where sports transcend boundaries and imagination knows no limits

Background imageGames Collection: Inspired by the Wimbledon tennis championships taking place

Inspired by the Wimbledon tennis championships taking place, these children enjoy a game of tennis in the back streets around their home in South East London. 9th July 1961

Background imageGames Collection: The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by

The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI. Sports Without Broad Acres by
The difficult problem of how to enjoy games and field sports when you live in a block of flats has triumphantly solved. The sixth in the series of Ideal Home designs by W. Heath Robinson

Background imageGames Collection: Early jigsaw puzzle showing Kings & Queens of England

Early jigsaw puzzle showing Kings & Queens of England
A highly instructive jigsaw puzzle from the early nineteenth century, bearing representations of the Kings and Queens of England from William I to George IV. Date: 1937

Background imageGames Collection: Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics

Harold Abrahams wins 100m - 1924 Olympics
Harold Maurice Abrahams, CBE, (18991978) - a British athlete of Jewish origin. He was champion in the 100 metres sprint at the 1924 Olympics in Paris (July 7th)

Background imageGames Collection: Pub Darts Match

Pub Darts Match
A serious darts match held in the Merlins Cave, Clerkenwell, between the home team and the Lord High Admiral in the Barclay League

Background imageGames Collection: Berlin Olympic Games - Jesse Owens in the Long Jump

Berlin Olympic Games - Jesse Owens in the Long Jump
Berlin Olympic Games - Jesse Owens (1913-1980) in the Long Jump, producing his gold medal-winning leap of 26 ft 5 in (one of four golds he won at this games). Date: 1936

Background imageGames Collection: King of Hearts / Card

King of Hearts / Card
The King of Hearts

Background imageGames Collection: OLYMPICS / 1948 / 10, 000 MET

OLYMPICS / 1948 / 10, 000 MET
Emil Zatopek (Czech) sets the 10, 000 metre record

Background imageGames Collection: Games-Cycling-Bmx-Race

Games-Cycling-Bmx-Race
Athletes compete in the mens cycling BMX motos race at the 2015 European Games in Baku on June 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

Background imageGames Collection: The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number

The Scout magazine, Special Hobbies and Model-Making Number
Front cover of The Scout magazine, " The Only Weekly Official Organ of the Boy Scouts". As this particular issue is the Special Hobbies and Model-Making number

Background imageGames Collection: Mahjong

Mahjong
Pa & Ma Jongg playing Mah- jongg

Background imageGames Collection: Olympics / 1932 / Fencing

Olympics / 1932 / Fencing
Fencing: Piller (Hungary) defeats Gaudini (Italy) in sabres

Background imageGames Collection: Cheery Families - Mr Butt the Brewer

Cheery Families - Mr Butt the Brewer. 1890s

Background imageGames Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageGames Collection: Braemar Gathering, men in kilts

Braemar Gathering, men in kilts
Scene at the annual Braemar Gathering, showing three men in traditional Highland costume and one man in a suit. Braemar in Scotland holds an annual Highland Games Gathering on the first Saturday in

Background imageGames Collection: A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman

A Little Impression by H. M. Bateman
Someone elses table - a little impression, by H. M. Bateman. A game of billiards descends into raucous laughter as one player accidentally rips a hole in the green baize. Date: 1918

Background imageGames Collection: Eric Liddell celebrating his Olympic win at Edinburgh Univer

Eric Liddell celebrating his Olympic win at Edinburgh Univer
Eric Liddell, the 400m gold medallist at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games, crowned and chaired at Edinburgh University where he had studied science

Background imageGames Collection: H. G. Wells playing Little Wars

H. G. Wells playing Little Wars
H.G.Wells playing Little Wars. His book of the same name, published in 1913, described a set of rules for playing with toy soldiers

Background imageGames Collection: Girl on a Swing 1922

Girl on a Swing 1922
A young girl on a swing attached to a tree. Her reading book and hoop lie abandoned in the grass

Background imageGames Collection: Fletts Happy Families - Mr Marmalade

Fletts Happy Families - Mr Marmalade - Has A Big Future. circa 1930s

Background imageGames Collection: Gibbs Happy Families - Master Tooth

Gibbs Happy Families - Master Tooth the Dentists son. 20th century

Background imageGames Collection: Kay Snap - Mr Bobby the Policeman

Kay Snap - Mr Bobby the Policeman. 1930s

Background imageGames Collection: Cheery Families - Master Butt the Brewers Son

Cheery Families - Master Butt the Brewers Son. 1890s

Background imageGames Collection: Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife

Cheery Families - Mrs Butt the Brewers Wife. 1890s

Background imageGames Collection: Two Duff Highlanders at Braemar Games, Scotland

Two Duff Highlanders at Braemar Games, Scotland
Two kilted Duff Highlanders from the Mar Estate discussing the Braemar Highland Games where King George V and Queen Mary were in attendance

Background imageGames Collection: Olympics / 1924 / Chamonix

Olympics / 1924 / Chamonix
Winter games at Chamonix: ski jumping, ice hockey and skating

Background imageGames Collection: Fire Station Billiards Room

Fire Station Billiards Room

Background imageGames Collection: German Playing Card Pack

German Playing Card Pack
An assortment of playing cards: kings, queens and knaves

Background imageGames Collection: Men playing Kalah (Kalaha) (Mancala), a game in the mancala family, Moroni

Men playing Kalah (Kalaha) (Mancala), a game in the mancala family, Moroni, Grand Comore, Comores, Indian Ocean, Africa

Background imageGames Collection: Beach Volleyball, Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

Beach Volleyball, Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

Background imageGames Collection: Between Berlin and Rome

Between Berlin and Rome - Otto von Bismarck and Pope Leo XIII play a straegic game of chess. Cartoon from Kladderadatsch, 1875

Background imageGames Collection: Wembley Stadium / 1950S

Wembley Stadium / 1950S
An atmospheric view of Wembley Stadium, setting for the 1948 Olympic Games

Background imageGames Collection: Pub Dominoes 1930S

Pub Dominoes 1930S
A game of dominoes in an English country pub

Background imageGames Collection: Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Conductor

Strip tease card game - Theatre suit - Conductor. A game which features characters involved in performing (and subsequently prosecuting and defending) a striptease

Background imageGames Collection: French Boules Players

French Boules Players
Four French peasants in sabots and a barefoot boy judge the skill of the players in a game on a bumpy grassy field. Date: early 20th century

Background imageGames Collection: Throwing the hammer, Braemar Highland Games

Throwing the hammer, Braemar Highland Games
Alexander Mackenzie throwing the hammer at the 1911 Highland Games at Braemar, Scotland. 1911

Background imageGames Collection: Game of Billiards 1901

Game of Billiards 1901
A game of billiards in an English country house Date: 1901

Background imageGames Collection: Battledore & shuttlecock by Susan Beatrice Pearse

Battledore & shuttlecock by Susan Beatrice Pearse
Two little girls play battledore and shuttlecock, or badminton on a fine summers day

Background imageGames Collection: Braemar Gathering, tossing the caber

Braemar Gathering, tossing the caber
Scene at the annual Braemar Gathering, showing McIntosh of Partick tossing the caber. Braemar in Scotland holds an annual Highland Games Gathering on the first Saturday in September

Background imageGames Collection: Cotswold Games 17th C

Cotswold Games 17th C
Cotswold Olimpick Games organised by Robert Dover, including shin kicking and other local sports

Background imageGames Collection: Chess (Cruikshank)

Chess (Cruikshank)
A GAME OF CHESS - two wigged gentlemen play, two friends watch them with mixed emotions : each of the four displays a different facial expression

Background imageGames Collection: The Crossword Craze / 1920

The Crossword Craze / 1920
A dashing couple display the growing crossword craze with their checked attire and similarly squared-off small dog!

Background imageGames Collection: Ancient Greek Game

Ancient Greek Game
Ancient Greece: game of Mora

Background imageGames Collection: Group of Bridge Players

Group of Bridge Players
Men and women playing the fashionable game of bridge

Background imageGames Collection: Italian victory in Berlin Winter Olympics

Italian victory in Berlin Winter Olympics
An Italian victory in the ski team event in the Winter Olympics at Garmisch, Germany

Background imageGames Collection: Building prams for racing in Chichester, 1960s

Building prams for racing in Chichester, 1960s
Chichester Photographic Collection West Sussex Record Office, Ref No PH 2838/9

Background imageGames Collection: Liquorice Allsorts

Liquorice Allsorts

Background imageGames Collection: Breaking Up a Rush - Polo by Gilbert Holiday

Breaking Up a Rush - Polo by Gilbert Holiday
The glamour and thrill of the galloping game depicted by equestrian artist Gilbert Holiday, showing an incident during an Inter-Regimental Polo match where the ball



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"The Sketch Ideal Home No. VI: Exploring the World of Games" Step into a world where sports transcend boundaries and imagination knows no limits. From the early jigsaw puzzle showcasing the regal Kings & Queens of England to the thrilling Pub Darts Match, they have always captivated our hearts and minds. Witness the adrenaline-fueled excitement as cyclists race through challenging terrains in the exhilarating Games-Cycling-BMX-Race. Relive history as Harold Abrahams triumphs in the legendary 100m sprint at the 1924 Olympics, etching his name forever in sporting glory. Feel your heart skip a beat with every card flip, for you might just become the King of Hearts in an intense game night. Marvel at Jesse Owens' awe-inspiring leap during Berlin Olympic Games' Long Jump event, defying all odds and inspiring generations to come. Transport yourself back to post-war London's grandeur with OLYMPICS / 1948 / 10, 000 METERS - witness athletes pushing their limits amidst a backdrop of resilience and unity. Unleash your strategic prowess with Mahjong, an ancient game that has stood the test of time and continues to enthrall players worldwide. Immerse yourself in nostalgia as you watch a carefree girl swinging joyfully on her swing amidst sunlit landscapes from 1922. Adorned in Ancient Roman costumes, discover how these timeless they have transcended centuries while still captivating our imaginations today. Experience Wembley Stadium's iconic atmosphere from its golden era in the 1950s – witness unforgettable moments that shaped football history unfold before your eyes and can not merely entertainment; they are gateways to adventure, camaraderie, and boundless possibilities. So let us embrace this enchanting realm where dreams take flight and memories are made – for within each game lies a story waiting to be told.