Monkey up a Stick
Leverage toys can be traced back to the puppets used in the shadow theatres of the Far East.
During the 18th and 19th centuries animated figures and animals on sticks could often be bought at fairs and markets, or from an itinerant pedlar.
In the early part of the last century the Monkey up a Stick was almost as well known as Mickey Mouse today. He had a book and songs written about him. One song sheet even included the complete choreography for a dance routine for children.
During the latter part of the Second World War, animated toys could be obtained from German and Italian prisoners for pocket money.