October 5, 2010Vintage Stuffed Animals and My Baby Spots
By Sara In AZ
Does anyone else love old stuffed animals like me? I have bought some here and there when I see one that particularly strikes my fancy. It seems that I have been especially drawn to the ‘plastic face’ type of stuffed animals that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s. And, I was just noticing, I have more rabbits than any other type of animal. Hmmmmm, maybe they are multiplying when I am not looking?????
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My first animal is a rabbit, or course! He has a label that says “A Loveable Woolikin Original” He was made in Japan, and I think his fur is some kind of wool blend. Don’t you just love the leopard type spots in his ears! I don’t think he was ever really played with, as he is in super good shape.
Next up is another rabbit! What else? This rabbit is special to me because Mike gave him to me as a gift. We saw him in an antique mall and I just thought he was soooo cute with those big rabbit paws. Well, then I decided I probably had too many animals already, so I left him behind. But, Mike went back about a week later and bought him as one of my Christmas gifts! This is a Gund rabbit, and his ribbon says “Tweak ‘n Squeak – You Tweak Me I Squeak”. Unfortunately, he no longer squeaks. Oh well, I still love him anyway.
OK, let’s change things up a little and check out a Duck now! I found this little guy at a Flea Market in Texas. He is the funniest looking little black duck, just kitschy enough for me! I was really surprised that he still had his original paper tag. He is made by Gund, and I have included pictures of his tag for y’all to see too.
Next up are my old Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear stuffed animals. These both are made by Knickerbocker and the tags are dated 1959!
Uh-oh, another rabbit!!! See, I told y’all I had A LOT of rabbits! How could I resist this one though - a rabbit wearing overalls with a duck on the front. Come on, could y’all resist this cute little bunny? The rabbit is made by Gund.
Here’s an old ‘Frosty The Snowman’ I just found at Goodwill a few weeks ago. Poor guy is missing his Corn-Cob pipe, but I will be on the lookout for one! There is no manufacturing tag, so I have no clue who made him.
Here is a little Bear Buckaroo saying “Howdy” to you Miss Eartha! He appears to have his original felt vest and scarf, and who does not love a big ol’ turquoise cowboy hat! There are no marking on this guy anywhere. Does anyone have any clue at all about who made this bear, or if he is from a 50s cartoon or something? I would love to know.
Lastly, my baby Spots.
I know some of y’all out there have special animals that were your best friends when you were young. Eartha had Peanut. I think Ruth mentioned she had a koala bear. Well, I had Spots. My Mom got him for me when I was just a baby, and I loved him so. I carried him with me everywhere. When we lived in Tennessee we drove up to visit my Grams in Wisconsin, that is where the dreaded “Nose Incident” happened. I was happily playing with Spots and somehow never noticed his nose had fallen off. It was just one of those black pom-pom type noses. When I noticed his nose was gone I frantically searched the house and asked everyone around if they had seen my dog’s nose. Grams proceeded to tell me that she had found a “black thing” in the driveway and had thrown it out. I was probably around 5 or so at the time, and I was completely devastated for days afterword. I never even had the heart to cut the strings that held on his nose.
Poor guy doesn’t have a lot of his fur left.
I still love you Spots!
Does anyone else have a ‘best friend’ from childhood?