The Dolly Peg

Now the mast that holds the sail,
Now the Captain of the ship
That billows on the rugged waves
‘Til teatime.

It can make a handsome man
Or a princess with a fan.
It’s a lever for a digger;

A dagger, a bird, a plane
A rudder; never the same
Make it whatever you fancy
Like I can!

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Paul Booth

Sat 8th Jul 2017 09:48

Yes, Cynthia, that's exactly it! My Nanna and Mum used to use them on the washing line each week. I think they were called 'dolly pegs' because they looked a bit like a human figure (with a bit of imagination!). But for many decades children would dress them up to make 'peg dolls', and play with them.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 7th Jul 2017 17:23

Delightful little piece.

I'm just guessing - is this the UK name for an old-type clothes peg with the two fixed 'legs' that you just slide on to the folded cloth over the line? I never knew what they were called, ever.

If not, please tell me what it is.

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