Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jane West Compared to Humpty Dumpty and the Funny Face Soft Drink Cups

I found Jane West this afternoon up in the attic. As you can see from this photograph, she is in pretty good condition. She's almost mint. This is because, as you might remember from my previous post about Jane, that I never played with her. On the other hand, sitting next to her is my favorite stuffed toy of all time. Humpty Dumpty. When Humpty was new (I got him when I was about 4 years old ... I needn't mention how old he is, but let's just say he's definitely 40-something), he sported a small, golden felt crown, felt hands with five fingers each, a darling little felt face and inside were chimes! Behind his crown he had an elastic band from which you could bounce Humpty up and down and his chimes would ring merrily.
He looks a lot different now, obviously, but like the Velveteen Rabbit, he certainly was loved.
In front of Jane and Humpty are what's left of my Funny Face "soft drink" cups. Remember Funny Face? Kind of like Kool-aid. Here we have (from left to right) Freckle Face Strawberry, Goofy Grape (1969) and a later addition (from 1974) With-It Watermelon (however, I remember him being Wacky Watermelon, but all my research says otherwise). Sadly, we never got Jolly Olly Orange or Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry. As you can see, these are badly dishwasher scarred. My own children loved to drink out of them. One day, I realized they were starting to lose their color and sprout tiny cracks in their plastic ... so I retired them to the upper shelf of the cabinet.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Old Humpty - I remember him well. I never remember playing with Jane West - ever!

Annemarie :)