Osric the Owl
Jumping Jack Horn Book 19th Century
Free Library Philadelphia
From Antiques of American Childhood
by Katharine Morrison McClinton
Alternate Names - Jumping Jacks. (Not to be confused with Jack-in-the-box.)
These delightful toys date back to the Court at Versailles( c.1740s) where ladies of the court on one of their visits to the French country side visited the village of Pantin where they found local craftsmen making toys for their children. These toys, some of them shaped like our JUMPING JACKS, would move their arms and legs in a most interesting and entertaining fashion like they were doing wild, strange and fascinating dances! The Ladies of the French Court brought them back to Versailles where they became wildly popular. So popular that... they were soon banned from Court for their disruptive influence!
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