My wife and I have an old video tape storage cabinet in our living room that we use as a display case. I like to call it our “Cabinet of Curiosities“. We like to rotate what is on display, but it has been empty since Christmas. I finally put part of the Permanent Collection into it:
Some of the items you might recognize, such as the Little Audrey travel case in the bottom left corner, or the Joker doll next to it that started the second hundred exhibits. Others have not been featured yet. Seeing these wonderful toys on display makes me happy, I hope it makes you happy too!
Pop culture historian Mark Arnold and I were recently discussing children’s chalk boards. Mark let me know that one had been made for Casper in 1959, and provided this image:
1959 was of course a great year for Harveyana, because of the debut of Matty’s Funday Funnies on ABC-TV. We have already seen the vinyl figures Hungerford released that year. Mark claims the Casper chalk board was made in blue and black. If any of you, my readers, own one, know of one for sale, or have any additional information about these chalk boards you would like to share, please leave a comment below!
Sorry for not posting last weekend, I spent what free time I had struggling to load the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update on my old laptop. I did have plenty of time to think while the percent complete slowly crept upward, and I came up with a solution to a problem that has bothered me since before the Harvey Mercheum website went live in 2014.
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the new Hanna-Barbera exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum yesterday, during opening weekend. What does this have to do with Harvey comics? Well, back in 1980, Hanna-Barbera produced the first Richie Rich animated cartoon. There was a production animation cel of Dollar the Dog from the show and a beautiful piece of presentation art hanging in one of the rooms.
I had mentioned how I had signed up for two classes, and subsequently had to drop one. I attended the other class for the past three Wednesday nights, and boy am I glad I did! It was called “Caring for your Collection”, and it was taught by none other than Mr. Darrell Pinckney! Long time readers of the Mercheum Blog may remember Mr. Pinckney as the conservator from whom I purchased the Casper board game. He has been teaching at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) for a number of years. I learned a lot in a short time, and hope to be able to apply this new knowledge to the permanent collection.
I have been incredibly busy since Free Comic Book Day. I do not want to reveal too many details yet, but I have registered for two classes, and been working on some very exciting plans for July! While this is all good, it is keeping me from posting. I hope to resolve that shortly.
While most of the articles on the acquisition are focusing on DreamWorks characters Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda, this will also affect our beloved Harvey characters. DreamWorks had bought Classic Media back in 2012, and Classic Media owned the rights to the characters at the time:
Time will tell what lies in store for our Harvey friends. DreamWorks did not do much with the rights, except for the ill-fated live-action Richie Rich show on Netflix. Hopefully Comcast will do better!
On what would be his 116th birthday, I would like to share a quote with you from author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader Howard Thurman (1899-1981):
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Does the world need a website about Harvey Comics merchandise? Yes, but it needs other things more. But this is what I can contribute, this is what I am passionate about, this is what makes me “come alive”. Running this website has changed my view of my collection, of other collectors, and even of the Internet and social media. I hope all of you enjoy my contribution.