Recruits learning to tie knots, CNE Camp, circa 1914 (Toronto Archives: Fonds 1244, Item 747B)
Back in 1914, men in Toronto used to play the Rope Game. It went like this: one brave soul would have to enter the Alleyway of Knots. At the end of the Alleyway was a golden egg (not pictured, but trust us, it’s there). The other players would hold the ends of ropes with the intention of trying to trip the courageous contestant. If the man succeeded, he won the egg. If he lost, well, it didn’t really matter because the egg wasn’t golden anyway.