Today we have another Larami rack toy that I do not have in the permanent collection, helpfully photographed by Keith Manegre. When I first saw the it, I assumed it was this set. It is actually the next product number up, 1783-0 instead of 1782-0, and it is for a 6 1/2 x 7 slot instead of 6 1/2 x 9. This is why the photographic record provided by this website is so important!
I am interrupting our guest exhibits contributed by Keith Manegre to share an exciting find with you all! Back in December of 2017, when I took an in-depth look at the JA-RU rack toys, I mentioned that the gaps in the product numbers I had were interesting. I wondered if other toys existed, using the missing numbers. Well, I was recently able to acquire a JA-RU rack toy I had never seen before, a Doctor Set, and it is numbered 2717, one of the missing numbers! This means that I am probably missing at least six Richie Rich JA-RU rack toys, numbered 2707, 2708, 2709, 2713, 2714 and 2715. I have tried to get a 1988 JA-RU catalog to assist in identifying these toys, but have not had any luck. If any of you, my readers, have any information about these toys, please leave a comment below, or use the Contact the Curator form, thank you!Continue reading →
Last week, we looked at an activity book published by Modern Promotions featuring our friend Richie Rich. Modern Promotions must have had extra inventory of this book, because they decided to box it with a couple of generic coloring books and promote it as a “SUPER VALUE!” One point of interest I would like to note is that the copyright holder is listed as “Harvey Features” on the front of the box, but “Harvey Cartoons” on the side like it is on the activity book. I am not sure Harvey approved this mixing of their licensed properties with filler material anyway. My thanks again to Keith Manegre for contributing these photos.
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I hope everyone had a good Mother’s Day last weekend. I know I did, it was the first time we were all able to get together in person in a long time! To make up for taking a weekend off, I was going to post two exhibits today, but I am running short on time, so unfortunately I am just going to post one. This is another item from guest contributor Keith Manegre. It is an “activity book” of the type my parents used to buy me piles of to keep me occupied. This one features our friend Richie Rich. I am including Keith’s picture of the spine because that is where the product number of 89585 is printed. The copyright date, 1982, is on the indicia page, not pictured.
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The Harvey Mercheum is very excited to welcome its latest guest exhibit contributor, Keith Manegre! Keith has been collecting Richie Rich merchandise for 42 years now, about the same as myself. He has over 7,000 items in his collection, and has allowed me to feature some of them on this website. Thank you Keith!Continue reading →
Today we have another “Richie Rich Sticker” sheet, this time with the “Richie in pain” stickers we saw back in November. It is interesting to note that the “Super Sticky” stickers were part number 4023, and both of these “Richie Rich Sticker” sheets are also 4023. It is also interesting how badly damaged the backing paper is. The bag is intact, so whatever method Laurie Import Ltd. used to repackage the stickers must have been rather rough!
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Today also begins Preservation Week, with a theme of “Preserving Community Archives”. Take a moment to review the resources made available by the American Library Association.
The stickers have gained some interest recently, so I am showing another variant today. We have seen the “Dollar with newspaper” stickers before, with a 1980 copyright date. Fast forward to 1983, and a company named Laurie Import Ltd. gets hold of some old sticker sheets, repackages them, claims copyright on them (!) and tries to sell them for a dollar. Considering the hanger is unpunched, they either did not sell, or were not hung. Also of note is that the hanger says “Sticker” not “Stickers”, and I am sticking with that, ha ha!