Re: [WarOf1812] Bandalores-ka Yo-Yos
- Larry Lozon wrote:
>Ummm...okay, here goes:
> J-P: It is great for THEIR web site to make claims,
> my question should have read perhaps,
> "Has anyone historic documentation that PROVES
> yo yos were played with between 1812 and 1815?"
The website's info came from a book called World on a String by Helane
Zeiger. I think there are some things you can draw from those few
The "bandalore" aka "The Prince of Wales Toy" aka "l'emigrette" aka
"yo-yo" was popular in France before the French Revolution and very
likely travelled to England and possibly Louisiana with the surviving
aristocrats and other refugees after the French Revolution (bandalore
being the ENGLISH name for toy).
Indeed the sites (http://www.socool.com/yo_hist.html) and
assert that the the yo-yo was EXTREMELY popular in Europe at the end of
the 18th century.
Even an article by Val Krantz in no less than The American Yo-yo
that Boney's troops relaxed before Waterloo by, amongst other things,
playing with yo-yos
The British "bandalore" didn't become popular in the US until the 1860s.
(every source says this) This means that the toy was in use at least by
the British btwn 1800 and 1860. Therefore YES, I'd say the yo-yo was in
use during 1812-15.
If you are asking if it was in use in the Canadas, I have no proof but
one could imagine a toy so easy to make and so popular in the mother
countries of France and Britain would be in, at least, limited use in
North America. How could the upper class Brits in the Canadas ignore a
toy referred to as "The Prince of Wales Toy"?
My tuppence ha'penny...