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Diabolo - Red & Yellow Plastic Object Reg. No: SH 990118

Summary:
Made: Yo Ho Enterprises Australia Pty.Ltd., PO Box 1087, Kenmore, Queensland., 1996
Obtained from Yo Ho Enterprises by Susan Barnett for the Springvale Historical Society's 'World of Games' exhibition in 1997. Donated to the Australian Children's Folklore Collection at the conclusion of the exhibition.
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.
Diabolo was and is, a popular game among Chinese jugglers. It was introduced to English society in the late eighteenth century by Lord Macartney, the ambassador to China. The game was particularly popular in France in the early 1800s, where an improved version of the game was named 'diabolo'. It is related to yo-yo's and has similar cycles of popularity or 'crazes' among school children.
Description:
Large red and yellow plastic diabolo set, professional size, still attached to original cardboard packing sheet. The set consists of two pieces of unfinished, smooth dowel with rounded ends. A long piece of nylon cord is tied between the pieces of dowel. The diabolo is plastic, one half yellow with blue and the other red with green. It is formed from two cones put together at the narrowest end to form an hour-glass shape. The object of the game is to hold a stick in either hand and to balance the diabolo on the string, rolling it back and forth and throwing and catching it. These three pieces are mounted on a piece of brightly coloured cardboard, containing information and instructions for the game. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 58.80 cm (Height), 11.80 cm (Width), 24.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: children s play, games, juggling, recreation, 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, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Action Games
Tertiary Classification: spinning
Inscriptions: YO HO DIABOLO/SPIN THE ORIGINAL/THE LATEST WICKED FUN TOY./SPIN IT, THROW IT, PASS IT!/HYPER-COORDINATION +/AMAZING TRICK POSSIBILITIES. [Extensive text] Reverse: Extensive text and sketched graphics.
Manufacturer: Yo Ho Enterprises Australia Pty. Ltd., Kenmore, Queensland, Australia, 1996
References: Grunfeld, F. 'Games of the world'. pp260-61.

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