Sunday, January 27, 2008

History of Jack-in-the-boxes

One of my favorite toys as a little girl was the Clown Jack-in-the-box that sat on the shelf in my room. Being that I only have fond memories of this classic toy, I wasn't too pleased when I read the history of it. Nonetheless, here is what Wikipedia says about it: "A theory as to the origin of the jack-in-the-box is that it comes from the 13th century English prelate Sir John Schorne who is often pictured holding a boot with a devil in it. It is believed in folklore that he once cast the devil into a boot to protect the village of North Marston in Buckinghamshire. If it's true, it would explain why in French, a jack-in-the-box is called a "diable en boƮte" (literally "boxed devil")."

Although I think Jack-in-the-boxes are a part of innocent child's play, they have repeatedly been portrayed in movies and cartoons as sinister little things. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that they are a mischievous toy. This cartoon expresses how some might view JITB's as disturbing toys. This clip from the movie "Elf" cracks me up. It reminds me of when I present my Jack-in-the-boxes (as such) and people still jump up in surprise! (click on the play button twice)

1 comment:

  1. Hi there i am a polymer clay artist and my husband and i have been making Jack In The Boxes for quite sometime now but with happy faces to delight and bring back an old world charm. I would love to invite you to see them on my website Please let me know what you think. I love your blog


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