Saturday, August 18, 2007

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty by Maxfield Parrish Public Domain
UPDATE: Humpty Dumpty 2

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

This image is from Mother Goose in Prose, a collection of twenty-two children's stories based on Mother Goose nursery rhymes written by Maxfield Parrish. It was originally published in 1897 and re-released by the Geo. M. Hill Company in 1901.
This media file (image) is in the public domain this applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office. Works published before 1923 are now in the public domain.

This images is however not in the public domain in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris), in this case March 30, 1966, and that most commonly runs for a period of 50 to 70 years from the last day of that year.

Humpty Dumpty From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Humpty Dumpty is a character in a nursery rhyme portrayed as an anthropomorphic egg. Most English-speaking children are familiar with the rhyme:

The fact that Humpty Dumpty is an egg is not actually stated in the rhyme. In its first printed form, in 1810, it is a riddle, and exploits for misdirection the fact that "humpty dumpty" was 18th-Century reduplicative slang for a short, clumsy person. Whereas a clumsy person falling off a wall would not be irreparably damaged, an egg would be. The rhyme is no longer posed as a riddle, since the answer is now so well known. Similar riddles have been recorded by folklorists in other languages, such as Boule Boule in French, or Lille Trille in Swedish & Norwegian; though none is as widely known as Humpty Dumpty is in English.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article, J. Humpty Dumpty

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