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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Friday, December 11, 2015

C is for Charms

Just about everything in the world of ephemeral or novelty plastic shite can be found in a charm-looped version, that loop sometimes substantial enough to be used for key-rings/key-chains; sometimes as charms, on a necklace or as earrings; sometimes so full of flash or so mis-moulded they can't be threaded by anything or onto anything! Here are a few.

These are all from the recent evilBay purchase and are a reasonable cross-section of mid-70's shite plastic tat, with hard and soft polymers, lightweight alloy mouldings and a tin stamping. The black hand is a wire-threaded, beaded construct, the Bible can hide a very small, very short message, and the boots come with brittle polystyrene, laces/bows, which brake all to easily.

Themes of luck, zodiac signs, religious symbology and cats and dogs are common, as well as household goods...a camera, a burger? Boots and shoe, especially the US cut 'cowboy boot' are also common as are pistols or guns but we looked at them a while ago - they've been added to!

The main picture here shows the remaining contents of a set of 1950's mini 'tree' crackers, labelled 'Old World Series' there doesn't seem to be a proper 'Brand' and they probably pre-date the takeover of Hong Kong for supplying this kind of thing, likely being UK sourced generics.

Of interest in that there are both lead/white metal mouldings and the 'new' plastic, clearly packed/issued as the technologies were changing over, as well as the fact that there is both a flat elephant and a semi-flat one. Clearly these were all mixed together in a bin (either as charms to go in crackers, or as crackers to go in the box), with no thought to mix. Elephants are as popular a theme as cats and dogs!

Bottom left is a recent set of what seem to be Nursery Rhyme related charms, I can recognise Red Riding Hood, Jack and Jill, Jack Horner (probably the same Jack, what with the bean-stalk thing - a very pesky kid), and a shoe for poor people to inhabit, but the other three? Finally a random dog I had kicking around after the dog-shot the other day was done! We'll be seeing more elephants for similar reasons in a day or two.

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