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Noddy's Jack in the Box

Jack-in-the-Box
ca. 1960 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is an interesting jack-in-the-box because it features two popular characters, Noddy and Big Ears, instead of the clown like figures who traditionally sprang out of the boxes. It is also a double box rather than the more typical single one. These toys were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and enjoyed a revival in the 1990s.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Metal
Brief Description
Jack-in-the-box made in England by Lyons of Guildford about 1960
Physical Description
A metal box containing the two figures of Noddy and Big Ears, both characters from books by the author Enid Blyton. The top of the box has two hinged lids each held down by a clasp. When the clasps are released the figures jump up with a squeak. The figures are painted vinyl heads on striped cotton bodies.
Dimensions
  • Height: 4.6cm
  • Width: 10.2cm
  • Depth: 9.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
on sides A Lyons Product, Guildford Made in England on back Copyright 1956 by the Noddy Subsidiary Rights Company Limited
Credit line
Given by Mark and Lucy Ginsburg
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Summary
This is an interesting jack-in-the-box because it features two popular characters, Noddy and Big Ears, instead of the clown like figures who traditionally sprang out of the boxes. It is also a double box rather than the more typical single one. These toys were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and enjoyed a revival in the 1990s.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.43-1973

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record createdFebruary 6, 2004
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