Children take part in a lolly scramble (where sweets are thrown for the participants to catch) at a Gisborne children's party in 1902. In the 19th century children's birthdays began to be observed for the first time, a reflection of the increasing importance placed on childhood as a special time of life. Parties such as this one tended to be held in well-off households, but the custom gradually became widespread.
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Photograph by William Crawford
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