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This shot was taken in Kosovo/Kosova. These young men were shooting a game of marbles when I must have caught their attention; seconds later, they forgot all about me, my uniform, my professional camera and machine gun straddle'd on my back. The power of playing marbles, such a delight :)
Marbles predate recorded history. Not only have marbles been found in Egyptian tombs as well as Greek and Roman excavations, but also in archaeological digs dating back to the Ice Age on every continent. The Roman poet Ovid mentions marbles. Pieter Bruegel, a 16th century Flemish painter, depicts children playing marbles in "Children's Games" (1559). "Cherry Pit", a marble game, is mentioned in Shakespeare; 'Tis not gravity to play at cherry-pit with Satan.' [Twelfth Night, Act iii, Sc. 4, Ln. 129]. Settlers to the New World found Amerinds playing marble games. The game has even contributed to our language. The phrases "going for all the marbles", "losing one's marbles" and "knuckling down to business" all come from the children's game of marbles.

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