What is a petting party in the 1920s?

An affectionate greeting with hand holding, kisses and a fondle, petting can take place in many places—in houses, basements, bedrooms, basements and outbuildings. Pets of all ages, and pet owners from different socio-economic backgrounds, visit petting parties as a way of showing their affection.

In the 1920’s, as pets grew in popularity and popularity of the petting party declined, it became harder for families to maintain their pets and keep them fed and watered at the same time. Petting parties were organized to help keep pets in sight and to entertain them.

Petting parties were often called “birthdays” because at some point there was a formal ceremony or gathering for each family member to acknowledge the birth of their pet. The most common petting party was the one held by the family with the oldest or the newest member of the family.

One of the most common petting party traditions at these parties involved a little game played on a set of dice. During a petting party with a few people, an old card game called “Jenny Box”, was played.

One version of this game took the form of a jenny box. The player played “Jenny” while rolling a dice. If the roll was “Sudden death” the person rolled into “Jenny,” if it was “Death,” the player rolled into the floor and rolled their card to get out of the game.

While this game has been played for over 100 years, it wasn’t popular at the time. Since it was a fun game to play it was replaced by something that was more difficult such as “Pitiful game of thrones.” One person would sit on a chair, with a dice, and play with their cards.
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Another petting party tradition was called a “dodge board,” this was a small board on wheels played with the person on the board throwing the dice on it. In the 1930’s a version of this game was replaced by a “wheel chair game” called “wheel chairs.”

Another way to play the game was to take a piece of paper and write the letters of the word “dodge” on the paper. This would be then read by the person on the wheel chair to determine who gets the dice thrown and where they are sitting! The person on the wheel chair would then get to choose which direction to ride while the game continued.

“Petting parties” also served as a way