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Title
 
Wood Carving of Paper Jack
Description
 
Paper Jack was a popular tramp who lived in Croydon in the early 1930s. He had been Alfred Ellis Preece, a successful surveyor, but had left his wife, sold his home and gone back to nature. He was a kind and gentle man and a favourite with the local school children. He told them Bible stories and helped them with their home work. Of his life as a tramp he said ""I don't envy anyone in the world. I'm warm because my heart and lungs work as nature intended them to...I'm happy because I believe in God and not in gold, I never get any letters or bills, I never look at a clock, and I sleep when I feel like it, under the stars"". When offered money he would reply ""Sir, I am far richer than you can ever hope to be.""Tragically, he was knocked down and killed when crossing Benson Road, Waddon in 1935. When his body was stripped in the mortuary, nothing but paper wrappings were found. The carving was made by Frederick Nibble, who used to talk to Paper Jack on Duppas Hill as he walked to work.
Object Name
 
wood carving
Date
 
1930-35
Physical Description
 
whole: 410 x 156 x 125 mm
Material
 
wood
Measurements
 
whole: 410 x 156 x 125 mm
Maker
 
Nibble, Frederick
Theme
 
Home & Community | Homelife & Housing
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 3 | Kiosk 4
Type
 
MUSEUM OBJECTS
Level
 
Item
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service