A suburban cafe. the two men on the bench in the foreground are playing a game called mankalah; small pebbles are placed, according to certain rules, in hemispherical holes in a board. This game exercises the powers of calculation; and it is often played at cafes. The loser is expected to pay not only for the coffee drunk by himself and his antagonist, but by the spectators of the game.
1881 - 1883
Wilson, Charles William, Sir (1836-1905), Author
Dana, William Jay (1839-1913), Wood engraver
Woodward, John Douglas (1846-1924), Artist
New York Public Library