Samuel Reshevsky, the Child Chess Prodigy.

Samuel Reshevsky, age 8, defeating several chess masters at once in France, 1920

Reshevsky was born at Ozorków near Łódź (in Poland). He learned to play chess at age four, and was soon acclaimed as a child prodigy.
At age eight he was beating accomplished players with ease, and giving simultaneous exhibitions. In November 1920, his parents moved to the U.S. to make a living exhibiting their child.
Reshevsky played thousands of games in exhibitions all over the U.S. He played in the 1922 New York Masters tournament; at that stage he was likely the youngest player to have competed in a strong tournament.
In his youth, Reshevsky did not attend school, and his parents appeared in District Court in Manhattan facing a charge of improper guardianship.
However, Julius Rosenwald, wealthy co-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company in Chicago, soon afterwards became Reshevsky’s benefactor; Rosenwald guaranteed Reshevsky’s future on condition that he would complete his education.
Reshevsky never became a truly professional chess player.
He gave up competitive chess for seven years, from 1924 to 1931, to complete his secondary education. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1934 with a degree in accounting, and supported himself and his family by working as an accountant.
His 1941 marriage to Norma Mindick produced three children.
Reshevsky was a devout Orthodox Jew and would not play on the Jewish Sabbath; his games were scheduled accordingly.
Read on via Samuel Reshevsky – Wikipedia

“Tiny Wet Children”.

Two tiny children stand outside in the rain in front of Saint Michel’s Catholic Church in the town of Boda, Central African Republic.
Image Credit: Photograph by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.
via Year in Photos 2014 –

Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings.


Dame Talkative’s Old Sayings,  for the amusement of young people; 1824?; E. Wallis, London.
A book of wonderfully illustrated rhymes which, although they appear to be for children, often veer into the world of more adult themes.
As well as a few thefts, at one point a boy threatens to beat a snail “as black as a coal”, a lady-bird’s children are said to be possibly dying in a house-fire, and Margery Daw is called a “nasty slut”.
The book seems to have been first published in 1818, with this being a later edition (a pencilled note on the inside pages indicating a date of 1824).
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“Wizard of Oz Board Game”.

OzGame1FinalPictured is the game board of the first Wizard of Oz board game, sold by Parker Bros. in 1921.
Frank Baum published 14 Oz books between 1900 and 1920. Well before the classic 1939 movie came out, the books spawned many theatrical adaptations, as well as saga-themed objects like dolls, figurines, and this board game.
The story’s popularity was such that this wasn’t even the first Parker Bros. Oz game.
That was the Wogglebug Game of Conundrums, a card game published in 1905 and based on a character from Baum’s second Oz book, the sequel to Wizard. (You can see Wogglebug in the bottom right-hand quadrant of this gameboard.)
Many of the characters and places scattered around the 1921 board will be unfamiliar to people who know the Oz story from the 1939 movie or the original book (by far the most famous of the series).
The presence of Woot and Ugu shows how familiar the whole Oz series would have been to the game’s audience.
Parker Brothers re-released this game, with wooden playing pieces instead of pewter ones, after the 1939 film became a hit.
via Wizard of Oz: Story-based board game sold in the 1920s..

“Looking and Hoping.”


A small number of young children read a Sylvan Drew Circus billboard in 1931.
Photograph by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic Creative
Source: National Geographic Found

“Ice Cream Bliss”.

The first Pic of the Week winner the year 2017 goes to these kids in Texas, Queensland, who perfectly illustrate the joy of eating ice-cream in the summertime in Australia.
Photograph by ABC Open contributor therealdeal_photography.
Source: Ice cream bliss – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)