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Matchbook – 1940’s-50’s Cock Horse Luncheons and Dinners

This video features a man reading a Cock Horse menu from the 1940’s – the back of the menu features the restaurant’s history.  (WARNING: snickering about name of restaurant in video – still a good find)  

Cock Horse?

“Cock Horse” can mean a high-spirited horse, and the additional horse to assist pulling a cart or carriage up a hill.  From the mid-sixteenth century it also meant a pretend Hobby horse or an adult’s knee. 

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Historian and Genealogist Lynda Ames remembers her grandmother reciting the old rhyme, Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross

Says Lynda, “You cross your legs and place your small child on your extended foot.  Holding their hands, you lift and lower your foot (in a riding motion) and recite to them”:

Ride a Cockhorse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a fine horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall make music wherever she goes.

  

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The Village Blacksmith – Longfellow – click to read the PDF!

 

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