This spring the Lakeside Heritage Society Recycle Sale experienced a record outpouring of participation and support from the Lakeside Community. A great number of donated pieces found new homes where they will continue to help make Lakeside memories. Before the sale began, an LHS volunteer stumbled upon one item that we decided would be a priceless addition to our “Toys of Yesteryear” exhibit. That item is a vintage “yo-yo” clown doll, which will go on display this week at Heritage Hall.
Sometimes our homemade treasures are overlooked when we think about important pieces of the past, but those toys are often part of our fondest childhood memories. Historically, handcrafted toys like our “yo-yo” doll were constructed from familiar materials and household items that came in many shapes and forms. While no one is quite sure when “yo-yo” clown dolls first started gaining popularity, patterns began popping up around in the United States as early as the 1920s.
The “yo-yo” name comes from the individual circular pieces of fabric that are strung together to make the arms, legs and torso of colorful, huggable clowns. “Yo-yo” pieces were also used to make vibrant quilts, decorative garlands and flower brooches. Our lively “yo-yo” clown doll has sports a characteristic cone hat to cover golden yarn hair and is made up of more than ninety individual two inch fabric circles. Come visit Heritage Hall this week to look at some of Lakeside community’s historic treasures and see our newest additions to the “Toys of Yesteryear” exhibit.
Lakeside Heritage Society is currently accepting community donations for our Labor Day Weekend Recycle Sale. For more information, please contact Manager Dakota Harkins or stop by the Archives.