Timoleon Marie Labrichon 1883
Dear Fellow Junque Collectors,
You know that moment? Sure you do.
That moment when you are idly wandering the junque stalls, mostly not finding anything that strikes
your fancy, with that nagging thought in the back of your mind that, really, you don't need another single thing to find a home for......this week, anyway............
And there it is. Just sitting there.
You walked past it.
And, oh, how it must have felt to think you might actually walk right out of the store without taking it home.
And so, it calls your name.
"Oi! Foxmorton! Over here, you daft girl!
You know you're going to want me! And not just me.....but lots and lots MORE like me!"
And suddenly, in a flash, you knew you were meant to collect _______________!
(insert item of the month here)
And so I part with .79 cents......and begin my vintage Jack-in-the-box collection.
And I like it.
Yes, I do.
Seriously? A Widdle Wamb? How could I not?
Oddly, it plays Pop! Goes the Weasel.
I guess you can't POP to Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Widdle Wamb came home to live with Dave, my three legged mule.
I rescued him one day for $1.29 He's been quite grateful ever since and the perfect companion.
And, for those interested, here's a bit of history regarding the
Jack-in-the-Box from Retro Planet (retroplanet.com)
The Jack-in-the-Box has been one of the most enduring toys throughout the centuries. There are many stories and theories circulating about its origins. One theory is that it was a toy that was popularized in the 15th and 16th centuries, based on the very popular “Punch” puppet featured in the “Punch and Judy” shows seen in public squares throughout England beginning in the Middle Ages. Early Jack-in-the Box toys resembled the jester Punch, with his white painted face. Another theory is that the name “Jack” was a reference to the devil, referred to as a “jack”. There is a legend in England about a medieval ecclesiastic who claimed to have captured the devil by trapping him a boot. This story may have contributed to the toy’s invention as well, as illustrations were made of him holding a boot with the devil’s head popping out of it. Of course, wind-up toys had been evolving since early Grecian days and there was a revival of this earlier technology with clockmakers beginning in the 13th century.
The first documentation of a Jack-in-the-Box toy was of one made in Germany in the early 16th century by a clockmaker as a gift for the son of a local prince. The wooden box had a handle on the side that when cranked, would play music until a “jack”, or devil on a spring was suddenly released. Word spread among the nobles and the demand for this toy was created.
Technology improved, and by the 1700s, the Jack-in-the-Box had become easier to produce, thus becoming a common toy for people of all ages. The Cockney tune known as “Pop Goes the Weasel” became a frequently used melody in the toy. The Jack-in-the-Box itself became a frequently used image in political cartoons, featuring the face of the latest politician to be lambasted.
In the 1930s, the Jack-in-the-Box toy began to be made out of tin, rather than wood. The exterior of the boxes were stamped with images from nursery rhymes and the “jack” was changed to one of the characters featured in the rhymes. The music was the tune traditionally sung along to the rhyme. A huge variety of Jack-in-the-Box characters continue to be made today and make a great toy for young children, due to the surprise factor associated with it. Of course, many people who are merely young at heart enjoy them, too.