In a twist of irony, one of the more interesting aspects of the history of marbles is that the historical origins of marbles is unknown. Marbles have been found in Pompeii and ancient Egypt, but nobody is certain of where marbles originated.
Another interesting point in the history of marbles is the prominence of Akron, Ohio. Sam Dyke of Akron, Ohio created a wooden block with six grooves, which allowed factories to mass-produce clay marbles. Dyke's factory began producing approximately one million clay marbles a day. In 1915, M.F. Christensen of Akron invented a machine that could mass-produce glass marbles. The machine invented by M.F. Christensen is similar to the machine that factories use today to make marbles.