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The play and leisure activities of children have always performed several functions: They help socialize children by allowing them safe arenas in which to mimic the adult behaviors they witness every day (by playing "army" or "house"); they provide opportunities for interaction among peers, and they create an alternative to the world created by adult rules and plans for the future. Of course, children have participated in organized pastimes at the same time that they make their own fun; they also tend to rely on homemade as much as commercially produced toys and games. "Play and Leisure" will show the ways that the toys and games played with by Milwaukee children reflected ethnic traditions, technological change, and attitudes about gender, race, and class.

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The Teske brothers pause outside their West Side home, ca. 1950s. Courtesy Robert Teske.

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