The United Novelty Manufacturing Company was just one of many, many wholesalers that existed as the final distribution channel for original manufacturers like Beistle. In fact, Beistle was the primary supplier to the wholesale supply segment relative to holiday decorations. I have examined each of these pages and cannot find a single example of an item made by a firm other than Beistle. This catalog is from ~1958-1963, evidenced by the numeral, 22, right after Chicago in the address line. These short city codes were used at that time as a sort of "proto-zip code" before the formal introduction of zip codes in the summer of 1963. Given the merchandise offered in these pages, I'd more narrowly estimate the catalog was issued in 1959. These catalogs are quite useful in helping date when items were originally produced. Since Beistle did not target the wholesale market as its primary distribution channel, in many cases at least one year went by between the date of an item's original manufacture and when it began appearing for sale by a wholesaler.
I am surprised by this result. The diecut is small, not compelling and manufactured by a decidedly third-tier paper products firm, Eureka. That said, I do know there are motivated collectors of everything Eureka, so perhaps this result is a harbinger of a new collecting sub-genre, vintage Halloween Eureka diecuts from the 1960s. (I am the first to admit that I don't always sufficiently appreciate Halloween items produced after ~1960.)
Even though the condition of this game is not appealing, it is refreshing to see something substantive on Ebay. I feel the listings have been for much too long woefully deficient of anything of interest to anyone collecting things beyond the ordinary. Notice the slats at the bottom of the cat enabling the diecut to fit into the box. Keep these slats in mind if you see this game for sale. More often than not, someone has substituted the far-more-common cat, otherwise identical, without slats. This Beistle game does not surface often.
I think this exceptionally rare Beistle hat slipped under the radar of many advanced collectors. Contrary to the seller's assertion that this hat is from the 1950s, it was manufactured by Beistle for a single season only, in 1933. Prior to this listing, I had NEVER seen this hat before in person, not in any of the many collections I have had the privilege of perusing, not in any auction catalog, not anywhere. The lone reference to this astoundingly rare hat is from Lavin's 2005 compilation on page 112. Arguably, I think this is the most interesting and involved design Beistle ever issued. Just look at it, look at the many design elements, the action, the color. It is superb! I suspect the same artist responsible for their nearly-as-awesome fairy hats from 1923 was responsible for this masterpiece. I feel that this hat could have easily fetched at least double if more collectors were paying attention.
The seller has made a common error in attributing the maker of the horn to the firm mentioned on the inside label. As I point out on page 179, "The cardboard bodies of this genre of horn were quite often re-used spindles from textile factories. Their labels will be found often affixed to the interiors." This is a great illustration of the maxim, Waste Not, Want Not!
This noisemaker is arguably the best designed noisemaker the U.S. Metal Toy company ever manufactured. It is a large one with excellent lithography. Even though it was produced relatively late in the game - and you can deduce this fact by its always plastic handle - this particular noisemaker is devilishly difficult to locate in acceptable condition. (As one of my favorite Ebay sellers likes to proclaim, "There's no bones about it!") These typically trade in the $175-250 price range, so this fetching $305.00 is a strong result indeed - especially considering one in similar condition sold last November for $$220.50.
I am always amazed at what these Kokomold coaches bring. Now, as regular readers know, I've never appreciated or collected Halloween hard plastic. However, if I were to deign to allow hard plastic into my collection, this would be the piece that would make it. Nicely whimsical, I still couldn't fathom paying $1,500 for it.
It makes me sad that some poor sap pissed away $175.00 on this true POS. Just look at it! The buyer must be more of an imbecile than a genius to have thought for even a moment that this misshapen and laughably painted refugee from an elementary school art project was actually vintage AND a product of German artisans. This seller has long been on my list of those with whom I choose not to business. Shameful!
This listing tells an interesting tale. When Gibson first began producing boxed goods like Dennison was doing, they were scrambling to catch up with their better capitalized competitor. My theory is that they rushed to market with designs bought from German artists, stamped with their Gibson mark on the reverse and hurriedly placed in boxes, so hurriedly that there was no indication on the boxes of the expected quantity per box. I've come to the conclusion that these early Gibson slide boxes were made in the teens, probably closer to 1910 than to 1920. (My book shows this box on page 222. I'll add the new production dates in the errata.) In every instance where populated early Gibson sliders have surfaced, the seals contained within are an assortment. (Not as wide as this assortment, as this includes some seals that weren't made by Gibson.) Relative to this lot, the box and most of the seals are definitely worth having.
04/29 Update: Someone really felt this was worth having as it was bid up to an eye-popping $197.38.
Well, as most of you should know, this is a fantasy item first made in the mid-1990s to deceive newer collectors. It has very modest decorative value only. I have interacted with this typically fine seller and am surprised to find her listing this well known fantasy item. I dropped her an email this morning alerting her to the reality of this piece. As I was confident she'd do, the seller has modified the listing making it very clear that this has decorative value only. Thanks!
There were at least six containers comprising this set of characters emerging from a JOL. (I have all of them in my collection.) In addition to this very desirable boy, others in the set include a sailor, a bellhop, a JOL-headed boy, a straw hat-wearing JOL teen and a schoolboy. The latter one has a movable head. I have been on a long quest to find others. The seller of this candy container is as honest as the summer days are long. I am proud to have him on my site's list of those with whom I like to do business.
04/24 Update: I am glad to see this cute candy container brought nearly $400.00.