Were you lucky enough to own a Jacko Monkey? Do you still have one?
Jacko Monkey, originally native to Woolworths, was a popular choice of toy in the '60s and '70s. The large toy filled with straw and produced by Chad Valley on behalf of Woolworths was a massive seller for the company.
The friendly face, partnered with the long lashed eyes that opened and closed made this the toy of the decade.
Jacko’s plastic hands, feet, stripy t-shirt and trousers, have become synonymous with this cuddly toy.
Check out our collection of real-life Jackos - courtesy of our SpringChicken Facebook page. Some of these are nearly 70 years old!!
Don't they look great?
Most people took Jacko everywhere, to bed, on holiday, to the dentist - and all that have ‘loved and lost’ regret leaving their monkey behind when moving to a new house!
Unfortunately, toward the end of the 1970s the Jacko started to become surplus to requirements. New generations of children wanted tech presents and the fun Jacko monkey became a thing of the past.
However, for many, the toy stayed alongside them every step of the way. Thousands of Springchickens still have their Jacko monkey as pride of place some 60 or 70 years down the line.
Members of the Spring Chicken community have been sharing their memories:
I bought one for my son, but he now lives upstairs in my house. Every time my son comes to see me, he leaves it behind. He says he doesn't want to take it with him as his kids would wreck it. I think he still secretly has feelings for Jacko!
Another Spring Chicken recalled;
I bought my daughter one when she was two. We were on holiday and there was a man with a monkey and people were having their photos taken with it. She kept saying how she wanted her own, so I saw Jacko in the shop and bought it for her. She decided it needed a dummy, so I ended up making a slit in its mouth for the dummy.
Such is the lasting affection for the Woolworth’s vintage character that some Spring Chicken's still live in hope;
I've asked Father Christmas for one every year, but no luck.
Did you know there was a deluxe version out there? Some Springchickens recalled this rarefied breed, if you pulled the string on his back:
He'd either say, 'Have a banana, munch munch munch' or 'Come to my tea party!'
When was the first time you saw Jacko? Was he swinging amongst the other toys in Woolworths?
Did yours end up with one ear, chewed toes and a wonky eye? Does your Jacko now live in the attic?
Let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear your memories.
All images are real-life Spring Chicken Jackos!