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Thread #48893 Message #843589
Posted By: delphinium
08-Dec-02 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Limber Jim
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Limber Jim: History & Lyrics
A picture of the toy often called a "limber jack" or, in French Canada, a "Ti-Jean" can be seen here. (Or find other pictures by doing a Google search for images.) I bought one many years ago from a street performer in Quebec City – I think mine is more jointed and handsomer than these ones. We still bring him out for special occasions.
My kids used to have a toy like the one described by Turtle Old Man on 18 Sept. – it is quite different. Don't know if it had a proper name, ours was a Henry or something.
I've never heard either toy called a "limber jim" and this isn't really a useful addition to the thread, so I'll go back to just reading again ...