Game types: riddle, tongue twister
Alternative types: jokes, language play

Handwritten transcriptions of a riddle, two rhymes and the tongue twister 'Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers...' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Barbara Prest, a student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. The riddle comprises the following: 'Q: When is a joke not a joke? A: Usually.' On the reverse, Prest copies out two rhymes, which she classifies as a 'Pleaser' and a 'Teaser', beginning with 'Roses are red...'.

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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