A Gift of Two Antique Wind-Up Toys

Fannie's scraps and antique toys 059Mama called coming back to town Friday from her breakfast group. She said she had something for me that a friend of her’s wanted her to bring to me. Several years ago her friend called and wanted to bring someone that was visiting to see my house. I do that all the time, give tours. LOL!  What’s the use of having all these collections if you can’t share and enjoy them with others. She told me she had something she wanted to give me, but I never would have guessed it would be two of her mechanicalToys 1  toys from the late 40’s. One looks like a mouse that moves and the ball on the nose spins. The other is a monkey and it moves and the arms go in a circle moving the chairs around. Both are really cute!!! And they both have the original keys. After I saw them I thought of the 3 wind-up toys that TeeTee and PawPaw brought us in the 1950’s They are 3 monkeys that move and do different things. They are in a case with Mama’s Shirleytoys 2 Temple doll, a teddy bear from the 1930’s, 3 wooden alphabet blocks, a “Frozen Charlotte,” and a character puzzle blocks. The Shirley Temple doll s now 80 years old. Mama made her new clothes years ago, but saved the original. She took her to the beauty shop and had her curls redone. She wouldn’t leave it. She stayed while the hair dresser fixed it. The three wooden alphabet blocks were from a big set of wooden blocks andtoys 3 building blocks we had growing up. The Betty Boop-like Frozen Charlotte was bought at a yard sale from Mrs. Aubrey Hewen, a MHS retired biology teacher. The name comes from an American folk ballad which tells of a young girl called Charlotte who refused to wrap up warmly to go on a  sleigh ride in fear that it would cover up her pretty dress. She froze to death during the journey. The teddy bear was bought at Joe Welter’s antique shop years ago. He was the husband of Mrs Maxine Welter, a MHS teacher that taught for years. He told me it was her bear as a child and that they found it in the attic. The block puzzle was ours at the house. I remember playing with it for hours. The four bobble-heads Disney characters were a gift from Delois. They bought them in the 1960’s at Dsneyland. Love the new mechanical toys. Thank you!!!

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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