Indoor Skelly Game for Old Fashioned NYC Xmas Gift

This article was posted by Martha Cooper 2 years, 8 months, 4 weeks, 1 Day, 14 hours, 49 minutes ago.

For NYCentric folks, here’s an excellent Xmas gift idea. Darryl Jones is selling an indoor version of the street game Skelly. Skelly is a classic NYC game akin to marbles but with flat shooters designed not to roll on cement and asphalt. Kids used to make their own from bottle caps weighted with tar or wax. Skelly boards were mostly drawn with chalk although the Parks Department painted a few on playgrounds and even held official tournaments. I haven’t actually seen anyone playing this for years but in the pre-technology age it used to be popular. Attached are my vintage photos from Brooklyn, Bronx and Lower Eastside taken from 70’s to 90’s. For more info about Skelly (skully, skelsies) check out Street Play

Darryl has managed to patent the game (presumably only his indoor version) and have it manufactured in China. As a longtime fan of street games, I was super surprised to come across him in my hood a couple of days ago at Broadway and 104th.

Darryl Jones selling his patented Skelly board game at 104th and Broadway.


Darryl demonstrating how to shoot a skelly cap.


Darryl's game, manufactured in China, is meant for indoor play. The numbers and lines are already drawn onto squares. No need to put chalk o



Playing skelly on a Parks De[atment painted board, Lower Eastside, c.1978.


Skelly on a chalk-drawn board in Brooklyn, mid-80's.


Playing skelly in the Bronx, mid-90's.

© Martha Cooper & 12ozProphet - Tuesday December 20, 2011

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