Stroboscopic photo of a wink being potted in the game of tiddlywinks The North American Tiddlywinks Association
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Reprinted from The American Stationer, 18 September 1890, page 691

In "Tiddledy Wink Tennis" E. I. Horsman, 80 William street, has brought out a very pretty and lively parlor game, which will furnish sport for tennis players during the season when they are debarred from exercising their skill in the open air.  "Tiddledy Winks," as originally brought out, is full of amusement, but the new game is infinitely more engaging, and, besides, it offers a considerable field for the display of nice calculation and skill.

The accompanying illustration, which is taken from the box cover, will give the reader a very good idea of how the game looks when laid out for playing.  The court is a parallelogram of thick green felt, marked off with white lines in exact imitation of a regular tennis court.  Each player is provided with a large bone counter termed a "racket."  A number of small bone disks represent tennis balls.  Special rules are provided which differ little from regular tennis, and singles and doubles, as well as three handed games, may be played.

Persons who are unfamiliar with lawn tennis may become conversant with the rules by playing "Tiddledy Wink Tennis," and thus be able to master the out-of-door game much more readily.  The game is learned in a little while, and will be found one of the most lively and amusing of the many offered for parlor sport.  A cup and the full number of counters for the regular game of "Tiddledy Winks" is provided with the new game.  Dealers should send for descriptive circular at once. is the official web site of the North American Tiddlywinks Association.
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