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 Post subject: Gerry Goes to School... sports
PostPosted: 07 Jun 2021, 14:54 
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Was it only me who was completely baffled at the weird sport Gerry had been allowed to play before she went to school?
La Grace?
On and off for ages I tried to find out what on earth it could be and suddenly this weekend I found out. The American Civil War Museum even sells a La Grace, or Game of Graces set.
https://acwm.org/product/civil-war-era-game-of-graces/

It looks as though you could play it with an embroidery hoop and two sets of chunky knitting needles.
Apologies if you all knew this already.

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I've been to that museum, years ago, but I don't remember a game called La Grace being mentioned :lol: .

Wikipedia's got some info:

here

I can't remember wondering what Gerry played, though, so that bit must just have passed me by!

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I have the kind of brain that focuses on minute details but fails to notice the big picture. Not always ideal.

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Well, bless my socks! I've played this.

Many, many years ago I was shown how to play by a lady who I think of as being very old (but see discussion on Mlle Lapattre's age...she was probably younger than I am now) who had played it when she was young (ie about the age I was at the time). I don't remember being very good at it. Perhaps if I had perservered, I would have acquired some much-needed grace.


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Wow! Really? You should probably write a scholarly paper about it.

It looks sort of fun, and you could probably play it in a long frock without any difficulty, but I had absolutely never heard of it before reading Gerry.

I wonder if the March girls (Little Women) might have played it. Seems their sort of thing although Wikipedia says early 1800s. Except see Victoria, evidently some people carried on playing.

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Yes, it seems like the sort of the thing Meg and Amy might have played with Kate and Grace Vaughn :lol: .

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