Humpty Dumpty: An 'egg-clusive' look at him

Humpty Dumpty must be one of the most famous rhymes in the English language. It is, of course, a nursery rhyme and is beloved by children. The most famous version of the rhyme is;

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again

Humpty is an egg but more than that, he is an anthropomorphic egg. He is usually depicted as a large egg with facial features and with small arms and legs. His origins are not really known. One hypothesis has been put forward that it might have even been a satire on Richard III who was believed to be a hunchback. It was this connection that inspired me to write this article as Richard was buried with pomp and majesty this week, after his ignominious centuries under a Leicester car park.

I think 95% of nursery rhyme-related games in my collection feature Humpty. There are masses of nursery rhymes to choose from and it is a measure of Humpty's fame that he is depicted so often. Even Lewis Carroll included him in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Carroll didn't 'create' him (as many people think) but he obviously liked the character and thought he fitted into the strange and mystical world of the Alice books..

Below I will show you some examples. No artist is known so let this be a tribute to these illustrators whoever and wherever they are today. The name of the game and publisher are written beneath each picture.

Snap

H P Gibson

Nursery Rhyme Snap Cards

Tower Press

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Ladybird Books

Snap Cards

Clifford

Nursery Rhyme Favourites Picture Dominoes

Pepys

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Arrow

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Ladybird Books

Fairy Snap

Globe Series

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Michael Stanfield

Mother Goose Snap

Tower Press

Giant Snap

Tower Press

Nursery Rhyme Snap Cards

Unknown Publisher

Snap

Ariel Series

Snap Cards

Unknown Publisher

 

 

And, finally, the only game I have where the whole rhyme is illustrated in a series of six cards. The cards feature in Bob's y'r Uncle, published in the 1930's by John Waddington Ltd..

 

 

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