Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jumping Monkey



Remember the old Jumping Jacks we had as little kids? You know, it was two sticks, a little guy on string, and when you squeezed the sticks, the little guy would flip and flop all over the place? Well, that was maybe 50-60 yrs ago. Now this toy in the picture, is on the same order as those Jumping Jacks. Only, it is 90+ yrs old! My grandfather made this toy for my dad, when he was a wee one. I don't remember if my dad or my grandmother gave this to me when I was little. But I have treasured it forever! At least 50-55 yrs or so. (thats forever hehe) When you hold it and push up on the square piece, it kinda flips into a few different positions. It is somewhat hard to see the face, but it is there. It is all original, except for one screw and nut. I also have to replace a screw and nut on the back arm one of these days. Hmmmmm...........what should I do with this..........who should I give it to? It is the only toy I have from my childhood. Funny how we only save certain things.

6 comments:

Gizzy's Mom said...

Ask each kid if they want it. If more than one does, throw names in a bowl and pick one.

Madi and Mom said...

Gloria that is a treasure too. We watch Antique Road show. Antique toys are very valuable. Hang on to that but mainly for sentimental reasons. I love it. SOmetimes we see old themed lunch boxes (like we carried as children)that are worth hundreds of dollars.
How is Billy today? I hope you've rested this week.
Madi and Mom

Ms. ~K said...

I love this...
Wonderful cherished treasure!
Kit

Kathy said...

I like Bette and Cecilia's ideas! I was thinking Antique Road show, too! You never know, especially with it being 90 years old!!
It might fetch you enough to buy that RV! hee hee hee

countryliving said...

What a great treasure........neat!

chelle said...

Wow......that's really cool!
And I'm with the rest of the gang....Antique Roadshow!!!