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In February 2010, I wrote a blog article about wind-up toys or Jack in the Boxes.  My illustration of this toy, on a vintage postcard, was in the form of Santa Claus.  I was delighted when I found this vintage postcard, to have an unusual depiction of Santa Claus.  I’m even more delighted now as I have found a second postcard in this series, no. 288.

Vintage Christmas Postcard of a Santa in the Box Toy

Vintage Christmas Postcard of a Santa in the Box Toy

This second postcard didn’t provide any clue as to the age of this series, but it did yield other clues.  I now know each postcard in this series will most likely have a Santa in the Box, and a wreath garland shown at top plus long stemmed candy cane.  I can’t wait to find the remaining four in this series!

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It’s again Postcard Friendship Fridays at The French Factrice blog.  This is an event, hosted by Marie, where postcard collectors share an example of what they feel is “postcard perfect”.  It’s a great way to show why this hobby is so fun.  This week, I’m sharing two postcards featuring the children’s toy, the Jack-In-The-Box.

Jack In The Box Postcard of Santa Claus

Christmas postcard of girl enjoying a toy Santa-In-The-Box from series 288

Box Toy’s Origins
The first wind-up toys were made in Grecian times.  The art of making this type mechanical toy was revived in the 1400’s by watch and clock makers, with versions based on clocks which had a bird “popping” out.
 Another theory regarding this wind-up toy’s origins has it evolving from captured runaway black slaves, or “Jacks”, put in wooden boxes.  Children playing around these boxes, would poke sharpened wooden sticks though the knotholes.  The Jack inside would yelp, often busting through the box’s top.  If this theory were true, it makes me wonder how many parents would have let their children play with such a toy had they known it was based on mistreatment of a human being.
Cat curious about Jack-in-the-Box toy

Christmas postcard published by Davidson Bros. no. 761-4


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