Wednesday, September 18, 2013
My horoscope said that I can expect some changes today, and that I should call a friend who I haven't talked to in a long time, and that travel is in my future, AND that I should do a blog post featuring more vintage Mickey Mouse pinback buttons. Wow, how do those astrologers do it?
The pin on the left and the one in the middle are from a set featuring various popular comic characters of the day; Popeye, Snuffy Smith, Babe Bunting (who?), Smitty, Felix the Cat, Dan Dunn, and the always lovable Hairbreadth Harry, for example. These are among the most colorful and best-designed pins of the 1930's... the Mickey and Minnie pins are no exceptions. To the right is a pin advertising the Mickey Mouse Club, airing on KVOS-TV in Bellingham, Washington.
Now for some little guys (all of these are less than an inch in diameter); To the left is one of my favorites, another unusually colorful example. These tin-litho pins can get pretty dinged up, but this one isn't too bad. Next, how about some Mickey Mouse Hose (hoses?), or some MIckey Mouse Undies? You should buy them at Penny's during their big "Back to School" sale.
At the height of Mickey's popularity, individual theaters produced pinback buttons for kids who belonged to the early versions of the Mickey Mouse Club. In this case, it was the Fox Hollywood Theater. Next is a somewhat generic Mickey pin, though hard to find in this small size. The third pin is an odd one, supposedly associated with the Mickey Mouse Magazine and other Kay Kaymen enterprises. "Spingle-Bell-Chicko" was some sort of cockamamie secret password. And the fourth pin is one that I can find nothing about! J.C. Penny, we already know that you could buy your back to school supplies there. But what the heck was the "Publix-Princess" Mickey Mouse Club?!
Oh yes, there are more vintage Mickey pinbacks to come, if you are interested!