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Collecting Vintage Palmer Cox Brownies Advertising ~ Featuring A Rare Brownie Tobacco Jar

Thought I'd share this interesting item I have sold on eBay right now  back in 2009.

It was this Palmer Cox Brownie Character Head Tobacco Jar Humidor
  • So interesting --sharp strong features -- from a great mold -- does justice to Palmer Cox's Brownie character.
  • Unusual piece -- I guess you'd call it chalk ware -- if you rub the inside a little white does come off on your hand. But the top of his hat seems to be glazed - not cold paint.
  • No makers mark or number -- approx. 6" tall
  • Sorry, I didn't note the sold price, but I think it was around $50 -- and I also think it should have gone for more, but it didn't. C'est la vie.

Palmer Cox's little Brownie characters have always been favorites of mine. Here's a little history on the little guys...

The excellent toonopedia site says:
  • Original Medium: Magazine stories and cartoons
  • Appearing in: Wide Awake magazine
  • First Appeared: 1879, or 1881
  • Creator: Palmer Cox

The assorted images (above) are from antique advertising tradecards, cigar labels, and bowling pin toys, as well as google image search screen shots (below). And these are just a miniscule drop in a huge bucket -- the Brownies were really popular, and well merchandised.

Aren't they cute?! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

And of course there were lots of BOOKS!

And toys, games, dolls, figurines, dishes and tea sets, and... well, so much more. Just start googling, and enjoy!

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