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Blind Mans Buff

Children playing Blind Mans Buff at a Christmas party

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This charming photograph captures the essence of a cherished 19th century Christmas tradition: Blind Man's Buff. The image, taken circa 1890, depicts a group of children playing the game indoors during a festive celebration. The blindfolded man, with his hand outstretched, searches for the hidden child among his peers, his laughter echoing through the room. The children, dressed in their Sunday best, eagerly anticipate their turn to be the blind man, their faces filled with excitement and mischief. Blind Man's Buff, a popular game throughout history, dates back to the 17th century. It is believed to have originated in France, where it was known as "Touche-Déchiffrer," or "Touch the Letter." The game spread to England and eventually made its way across the Atlantic to America, becoming a staple of Christmas parties and other social gatherings. The game's simple rules and the element of surprise make it a timeless classic. One child is chosen to be the blind man, while the others hide. The blind man then attempts to find the hidden children by touching them, with the first child to be found becoming the next blind man. This photograph, from the extensive collection of Mary Evans Picture Library, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a century-old Christmas party where children's laughter and the joy of a simple game brought people together. The tradition of Blind Man's Buff continues to be a beloved pastime, passed down through generations, reminding us of the importance of connection, fun, and the magic of the holiday season.

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