Spinner - Card & Matchstick Object Reg. No: SH 990225

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.
The use of recycled materials to make playthings is common to children all over the world. In places where paper is readily available, children fold, cut, roll and glue it to make an endless variety of paper toys and other items for their amusement or practical use. The inventiveness and imagination of children is often reflected in these creations, which are usually ephemeral objects to be played with for a short time and then discarded. Paper spinners like this object have been made by children for generations, using a variety of materials. Sometimes they colour the tops with different colours, and watch what happens when the object is spun. It is quite common for matchsticks to be used as spindles, as they are easily found and about the right size.
Spinner, made from a piece of recycled thin card and a matchstick. The card is white, with black lines dividing it into 10 segments. In the middle is a hole with a matchstick through it. The card is a squared-off oval shape, with grey and white lettering on the back. The matchstick is unused, and has a white head. There are blue biro marks on the back of the card. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5.00 cm (Height), 4.50 cm (Width), 5.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: handmade games toys, making do, recycling, smoking accessories, toys, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Games
Tertiary Classification: spinning

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