While Antique Trader usually deals with things much older and more valuable than the Harvey merchandise featured here at the Harvey Mercheum, last week Antoinette Rahn published an article about toys. In “Celebrating six playthings turning 60”, Toni lists six toys that hit the market in 1957. As I just took a step closer to my 50th birthday last week, it is interesting to me to see toys like Wham-O’s Frisbee and realize they have not been around much longer than me.
I have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes of the Harvey Mercheum. One of the projects I was working on required gathering data on every post made to the Mercheum blog. This did not seem like a big deal, until I discovered that I had made over 230 posts!
Continuing the push to exhibit one hundred, I have decided to resume my focus on the wonderful rack toys from JA-RU. Today we have a special exhibit, because in addition to having the toy sealed, I also have some of the bills loose. I do not know if I have every denomination contained in the set, nor do I know how many of each denomination are included. I have included scans of the seven different bills I have. The image is the same front and back. The paper the bills are printed on is very thin, so there is some image bleed on the scans of the bills, sorry. If you do decide to print them, the bills are two and one-half inches high by six inches wide (2.5″H x 6″W). The scans are correctly sized, so turn off scaling or set scaling to 100%.
Long-time readers of the Mercheum Blog will remember that last year, part of the permanent collection was on display for the convention. This year they had an excellent display of Star Wars toys, so I decided to assist the convention in a different way. My wife Jennifer and I volunteered to help man their Artists Lounge:
Despite fits of rain and thunderstorms, it is possible that a record number of people attended this year.
We were very happy to be able to support our local convention, and hope to be able to contribute again next year in some way.
Hot and humid today, glad I am inside with the air conditioner blasting! Continuing the Harvey Mercheumtribute to summer, today we have what is probably the most common of inflatable toys, a beach ball. This particular one, from the unnamed company in Taiwan, depicts our friend Casper. Seeing this item makes me wonder if they made a Richie Rich version…