The point of jumping jacks is to be put together from pieces including limbs that are to be jointed to the body with strings and manipulated with a pull string. This thousands years old toy became popular again among the French nobility in the 1750s under the name pantin. Then, from the 1830s, it also conquered the German speaking countries as Hampelmann. A cross between puppet and a paper doll and also commonly used as an ornament, this toy has been reinvented by Margareta Reichardt, a student of László Moholy-Nagy, by rethinking jumping jacks in the Bauhaus style.
Each piece of our Alice series is made of wood in limited edition and signed. The items of our continuously increasing collection of postcards build on the tradition of commedia dell’arte and travelling theatres. We also make various themed jumping jacks, e.g. on the occasion of the Picasso exhibition in Budapest.