Game type: riddles
Alternative types: jokes, language play

Handwritten transcription of two riddles composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unidentified student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. The riddles comprise the following: 'What is the difference between a sick lion and a wet day? The lion is roaring with pain, and the day pouring with rain.' and 'What is the difference between a fountain and the Prince of Wales? One is thrown in the air, the other is heir to the throne.'

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game 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 annotation in pencil on lined paper. Text written on both sides of page.

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