Game types: riddles
Alternative types: jokes, language play

Handwritten transcriptions of two riddles composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Sandra Hale, a student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. The riddles comprise the following: 'What man gets the sack as soon as he starts work? Answer: A postman' and 'What has wings but cannot fly? Answer: A roast duck'.

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 blue ink on lined paper. Features ruled lines in red pencil; text written on one side of page.

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