Also known as coconut shy, this was a popular fairground attraction, where one paid to throw balls at coconuts in the hope of knocking them off their pedestals to win a prize. The word “shy” in this context means to throw.
Description: Black and white photograph of a coconut shy in a late Victorian fairground
Date: c. 1890s
Source: “The Victorian Fairground: The Coconut Shy Stall” on Flickr, Paul Townsend, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0