Take up bridge :P
Life magazine, May 18 1942 that describes the game. Outside of the racially charged language, it is a very good introduction and is an interesting look at how the game was perceived during WWII.
You can find more info and on-line resources at the American Go Association website.
Hobbies came and went. Someone would invent a new pastime, it would become a fad, only to be supplanted by another fad. Starting from the twenties there were jigsaw puzzles, Mah Jong,radio,bridge, soap carving, crossword puzzles Monopoly, miniature golf, Canasta, and no doubt a few more I have forgotten. Then there were old standbys like sports, model building, stamp collecting, coin collecting and so on.
Like many ladies here, I like all the domestic arts: gardening, baking, sewing, and knitting--the last of which I find weirdly addictive. And I'm really enjoying tinkering with the house, trying to retrofit it back to the 1930s one square inch at a time.
My all-time favorite golden era activity, though, is to sit next to my cathedral radio on Sunday evenings, listening to the Old Timey Music Sunday evening programs on KDHX while reading or knitting. There is nothing finer. Oh, maybe a cool beer at my side ...
I'm surprised no one has mentioned model free flight airplanes. Both gas and rubber band powered was huge around the world between the wars. Not just kids, adults were in on the act to. Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda built and flew them together, and continued to do so well after the war.
[QUOTE=Stearmen;1492219]I'm surprised no one has mentioned model free flight airplanes. Both gas and rubber band powered was huge around the world between the wars. Not just kids, adults were in on the act to. Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda built and flew them together, and continued to do so well after the war.]
I remember as a kid in the 50's , my uncle building a wood kit model airplane. The glue had a distinct odor ! I remember
Strombecker or something like that.
" You must take life the way it comes at you & make the best of it."
( Life of Pi )
My dad used to build RC model airplanes. We grew up with in progress planes around the house.
My brother rand I used to go with him to the hobby shop. I didn't make planes but loved monsters. King Kong, Creature from the Black Lagoon, etc.
There aren't many hobby shops left. We are lucky to have Rudy's Hobby & Art in Astoria.
Here is an article from 2010 on the place.
Workwear is the new Black.
I also have been collecting historical items from Clipper flying boats lately, but am a long time World War II history and Resistance enthusiast.
This is bring back some memories.
Playing stick ball, flying kites, going home to help mom bake some apple pie then listening to the Phillies on the RCA radio with my DAD.
Then help Dad shine his shoes for work the next day. Wow life was much simpler back then and I really miss Mom's Apple pie.