Marbles History

Marbles History


Marbles are often mentioned in Roman literature, and there are many examples of marbles from ancient Egypt. They were commonly made of clay, stone or glass.


Ceramic marbles entered inexpensive mass production in the 1870s.


Glass marbles were invented around 1848 in Germany[1], and entered mass production in the early 20th century when World War I cut off their importation from Europe, causing American industry to be applied to the task, producing a mechanized method of glass marble production which became the most common system in the world. Glass marbles, too, became the most popular variety, and have remained so to this day.


In some developing countries, children use steel, minerals or large rocks as a less pricey marble substitute.


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