In 1851 people did not sit in front of televisions and computers or play games on their devices. They spent most of their days outdoors and devised all manner of sport for amusement.
This week I came across this illustrated "how-to" book:
Manual of British rural sports : comprising shooting, hunting, coursing, fishing, hawking, racing, boating, pedestrianism, and the various rural games and amusements of Great Britain – 1861
It covers not only animal sports, but games like golf and croquet, water sports (looks like they are skinny dipping... oh my!) and skating... teaching some fancy moves and what to wear while doing them.
Manual of British Rural Sports - 1861
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