Donkey

History

The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all produced similar posable wooden dolls and animals.

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This type of toy had wide appeal during the Victorian period.  Jointed figures and animals would be kept in a box for playing with on rainy days or during long train journeys.

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“if I had a donkey that would not go,

Would I beat him? Oh no, no.

I’d put him in a barn and give him some corn,

The best little donkey that ever was born”.

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This poem was the basis for a song written by Jacob Beuler.  His song was used by Richard ‘Humanity” Martin, the founder of the RSPCA, to help bring in the ‘Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act’ (1822).

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