Game type: autograph album rhymes
Alternative type: language play

A number of autograph album rhymes compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Nancy MacLennan and Patricia Watson, students at Clayfield College, in October 1954. MacLennan transcribes the following rhymes: 'Jan had a bathing suit...', 'A peanut sat on a railway line...', 'Robin stood in the bath-room', and 'Roses are red...'. Watson copies out 'When you are married and have twins don't come to me for safety pins.'

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten game descriptions in blue ink on lined paper. Features text written by two different hands; text printed on one side only.

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