Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Lawn Jockey, Part 2

One of my most popular posts has been the May 2011 story about Lawn Jockeys.  I thought I would update it, with some interesting photos and tidbits. 

If you read the earlier history about Lawn Jockeys, then you know that there are two types, Jocko (like the one below) and the taller Cavalier jockeys. The old ones are rare and expensive.  This is an old Jocko currently for sale on Ebay.

The Cavalier jockeys are much harder to find and very expensive (typically thousands of dollars).  Here are two currently for sale on Ebay:

Reproduction Cavaliers made of concrete are easy to find and you can get one for less than $100 painted.  I bought one last year in Virginia.  Love the sideburns.

Here are some old post cards which predominantly display jockeys.  This first one is from Williamsburg, VA in the 1930's.

This one is also from Virginia, Charlottesville I believe, not sure of exact date, possibly 1950's.  You can barely make out the jockey in front of the white wall near the driveway.

Here is an advertisement from 1947 for Four Roses Whiskey. How politically incorrect is this?

And you can even find Jocko bookends:

And Jockos and Cavaliers were so much a part of popular culture at some point that they even made blazer buttons!

Sometimes we take for granted how much culture has changed and we can't begin to imagine what was "in" so long ago and how we just forget or we let things be forgotten since they were from an earlier time.  This is why history and especially oral history is so important.  


  1. Interesting. Thanks. Info I always wanted to know.

  2. This is great! I wish people really knew what they were for. More ppl would be thrilled. Helping runaway slaves.


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