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Historic Folk Toys: Game, 'Jacob's Ladder'

Historic Folk Toys: Game, 'Jacob's Ladder'

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Jacob's Ladder
Our Jacob's Ladder is an old-fashioned toy made from six wooden blocks measuring 2-1/2 inches by 3 inches that are connected with black cotton ribbon. Hold the top block and watch the others "descend" like someone on a ladder. The Jacob's Ladder is one of the toys that early American children were allowed to play with on Sundays.

Historical Background: The Jacob's Ladder toy dates back to Pilgrim times in the New World and was allowed as a Sunday toy for Puritan children because of its biblical reference (Genesis 28:12). Jacob was on a journey and had a dream about angels moving up and down a ladder between heaven and earth. Other Sunday toys included the Handkerchief Doll (church doll), Noah's Ark, Whirlygig, Pillars of Solomon, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, and the Buzz Saw. The Jacob's Ladder toy is still enjoyed today by both children and adults (as a "nice quiet toy").