‘Tinker Bell Standing on Leaves’ Brass Bell

I have several Disney bells in my collection. Most of them are of the ceramic variety with printed images on them. Tinker Bell seems to be a reoccurring character on Disney bells.

Perhaps it is because the tinkling of a bell was the chosen ‘language’ of the fairies in the original movie Peter Pan? Quite possible.

This post features a beautiful brass bell with a striking figure of Tinker Bell standing in leaves atop the bell housing:

Tinker Bell Front

The casting depicts Tinker Bell’s big hips perfectly but misses the facial features quite profoundly.

Tinker Bell Side

I love this profile because it reminds me of the vintage car hood ornaments of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Most notably I see a basic similarity between Tink and The Flying Lady of Rolls Royce fame.

Tinker Bell Back

The bell stands about 3″ tall with the base of the bell housing being just under 1″ in diameter.

Tinker Bell Clapper

Clapper

Inside the rim where the clapper is attached are the words ‘Walt Disney Productions’ but there is no other manufacturing details imprinted on the bell.

After searching eBay I found the ever-present claim of ‘rare’ attached to almost ever one of the many listings for this bell. The pricing ranges from $15.00 – $20.00 USD.

For more bell fun featuring Tinker Bell, check out these bell-shaped Salt & Pepper Shakers and for more metal-based fun, check out this Winnie the Pooh Pewter Bank.

Bell-shaped Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers

I love collecting. And Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers are an easy and inexpensive way to grow your collection. These bell-shaped sets are a good example as they are readily available at charity shops and online.

I have two sets (unpacked, more in storage!) to show today:

Bell-Shaped TinkBell-Shaped Tink Back

Tinker Bell / Disneyland Castle

First we have this Disneyland set by Walt Disney Productions featuring both Tinker Bell and a very nice representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This set has a six-hole pattern in the back instead of the more common two holes for salt and three holes for pepper, but each can have more, although the proportion of bigger and more holes for salt is almost always observed.

Next is another set from Disneyland:

Bell-Shaped CastlesBell-Shaped Castles Back

Castle / Carrousel

Here we have stylized representations of Sleeping Beauty Castle and King Arthur Carrousel (now called Prince Charming Regal Carrousel). They are reminiscent of Mary Blair designs.

This set has six holes for salt but only five holes for pepper.

I just couldn’t resist lining them up for a group shot:

Bell-Shaped Together

Group Shot. Say: “Ding-a-Ling-a-Ling”

In the shot above you can clearly see the similar shapes of the ‘bells’ but note the thicker gold banding on the base of the set on the left. And the diameter of the gold rings just under the handles are slightly different.

Bell-Shaped Comparison

Disneyland Logo x 2

You can also see that the handles themselves are also different, not in shape, but in thickness. This makes it easy to know if a Seller has mixed-and-matched a bell-shaped ‘set’ for resale. This does happen! Also, the stoppers can also be missing, as with the Tinker Bell / Castle set in this post.

These bell-shaped salt & pepper shakers can sell from $5.00 to $10.00 US on Internet selling sites.

For a more complete look at my Disney Salt & Pepper Shaker collection, click the link, or click Huey Dewey Louie Shakers for another set of spicy little collectibles!

Mickey Mouse Skipping Rope

Skipping is one the oldest outdoor activities for children. Most often little girls will play various skipping games together while the boys look upon the ‘sport’ as sissy. But boys have been known to jump in from time to time!

Skipping rhymes have been recorded in all cultures where skipping is played. Examples of English-language rhymes have been found going back to at least the 17th century. But I think this skipping rope might only be from the 1960’s or 1970’s:

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Just a little wear and tear

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These have a nice little detail in the handles:

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This Mickey Mouse skipping rope was made by Arco Toys:

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Given the amount of rope attached to the two handles I have to assume that these would have been made for a child between the ages of 5 and possibly up to 8.

So what skipping rhyme would you use to play with this rope? May I suggest this one based on the Disney character of Cinderella:

Cinderella dressed in yellow, went downstairs) to kiss her fellow, by mistake kissed a snake, how many doctors will it take? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 etc. (Go to 20 then go down to the next line)
Cinderella dressed in blue, went upstairs to tie her shoe, made a mistake and tied a knot, how many knots will she make? 1, 2, 3, etc.
Cinderella dressed in green, went downtown to buy a ring, made a mistake and bought a fake, how many days before it breaks? 1, 2, 3, etc.
Cinderella dressed in lace, went upstairs to fix her face, oh no oh no, she found a blemish, how many powder puffs till she’s finished? 1, 2, 3, etc.
Cinderella dressed in silk, went outside to get some milk, made a mistake and fell in the lake, how many more till she gets a break? 1, 2, 3, etc.

Donald Duck Florida Orange Juice Vintage Can

I have seen these great vintage orange juice cans for years along with the miniature reproductions but have never been to a place that had one for sale. Today I was visiting a flea market/antique store and there one was, holding up a glass shelf with four other vintage juice cans (non-Disney).

$15.00 later and it was mine!

Donald Duck Orange Juice Can 1

Anyone thirsty?

It took a little research to date this particular 48 Fluid Oz. can but here is what I came up with. Donald Duck juice was a brand of frozen and refrigerated orange (and grapefruit) juice produced by the Florida’s Natural Growers agricultural cooperative, which was known as Citrus World from 1969 to 1998, and before that as the Florida Citrus Canners Cooperative.

You can see in the picture to the right below that the Florida Citrus Canners Cooperative is listed on this particular can which should place it pre-1969. The Donald Duck brand was first introduced in 1940 so it had to be manufactured between those dates, but only knowledge of when different label designs were used would date this sample with any more accuracy.

Donald Duck Orange Juice Can 3          Donald Duck Orange Juice Can 2

The fact that the can is also stamped with W.D.P. (Walt Disney Productions) doesn’t help us narrow the date of release down for this company name was used by Disney from 1929 to 1986. So both the Canners Co-op and W.D.P. could have appeared on this can between 1940 and 1968.

Donald Duck Orange Juice Can 4     Donald Duck Orange Juice Can 5

Top and Bottom w/vintage rust

There are some random production letters on the bottom of the can but I doubt they would help with our attempts to date the can unless we could find documentation from the plant that recorded them and their meaning. Not going to happen!

So again, are you thirsty?

Fun Fact: This can mentions that it was distributed from a production plant in Lake Wales, Florida. For many years Donald Duck also appeared on the juice plant’s water storage tank in Lake Wales, until 1998, when the cooperative decided to remove the Donald Duck logo as part of its name change and re-branding.

The Black Hole Record Book

The Black Hole opened at a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18, 1979. It premiered in the United States on December 21, 1979. And sometime in 1979, Walt Disney Productions released this great little record-book featuring an adaption of the feature film:

Black Hole Record Book 002

If you’re unfamiliar with this type of item, it is actually quite simple: You place the record on the player and turn to page one. You read along with the narrator until you hear chimes, which is your cue to turn the page. Keep doing this until the story is done. You will have to flip the record over mid-way through.

Although the size of a 45 this record actually plays at 33 1/3 RPM.

Let’s look at some sample pages. These contain screen captures from the film:

Black Hole Record Book 003

Black Hole Record Book 004

The book is only 7 1/4″ square

Black Hole Record Book 009

Black Hole Record Book 012

Black Hole Record Book 014

The Indiana Jones ball… of fire!

Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t hit theaters until 1981, a full two years after The Black Hole. Now note that in the picture on the right (above) that our protagonists are running from a huge ball (here, a flaming meteor) that is rolling down a shaft.

Sound familiar? Oh Indy, and I thought you were so original!

Black Hole Record Book 016

Black Hole Record Book 017

Disneyland Records released many different titles in this record-book format. You can see another version featuring Mickey as the Brave Little Tailor or another larger and much older version, featuring a Silly Symphony, by clicking the links.

Black Hole Record Book disc 001

Love the miniature Vincent on the label!

Unfortunately, although it made money at the box office, the film didn’t receive positive reviews, and drew criticism for both its violent content and some use of language. It now has a cult following (I’m a charter member) and merchandise based on the film is becoming popular.

For more of such merchandise, check out our earlier post on Disney Movie Buttons to see one featuring The Black Hole!

Now if you will excuse me, I’ve just heard the chimes, and must move on to another post.

Goofy Baseball Figurine

Goofy has tried his hand at almost every sport throughout his illustrious career. He has not succeeded in any of them, but you have to give him points for trying!

I was delighted to find this bisque figurine of the man (dog?) in (one) of his many uniforms:

Goofy Figurine 1

Optimism before the game begins

This figurine is likely a nod to the Goofy Short entitled How to Play Baseball:

How to Play Baseball

Batter Up     He looks determined!

The uniform color is wrong, but the style is spot on     Goofy Figurine 3

Goofy Figurine 4     Goofy Figurine 2     Game on!

Goofy Figurine 5

Pre-1986 Walt Disney Productions

So if you ever want to learn how to play baseball… don’t ask Goofy!

Zorro Cape and Mask

Back in the 1950’s everyone wanted to be Davy Crockett. But it wasn’t too long after that when everyone changed their minds and Zorro was the character and hero of choice!

Zorro Title Card

Zorro

I have a few original pieces of Zorro merchandise and I always enjoy finding more. Today, while on the hunt, I found (but did not buy) this great collectible:

Zorro Cape and Mask

Zorro Cape and Mask

This was produced by the Make Believe Play Suits company which was a division of Norben Togs, Inc. They were based in Montreal, Canada.

The costume is made to fit kids sizes 4 to 10 years. The packaging was a bit worn with some pencil prices scribbled on the front card. The back plastic had been ripped, but I don’t think the product had been removed. This particular cape/mask was style #817 of its product line.

It is an officially licensed Disney product as it bears the WDP trademark in the bottom left corner of the artwork. The seller wanted $39.00 CAN for it but I may return later and offer $30.00 instead. A similar cowboy-based costume was for sale on eBay recently for about this price but it did not sell, so they are likely on the high end of retail with the pricing.

Mickey’s Fun Mug

Who could resist this great little sippy cup?

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Still has the original paper wrap-around advertising band

Mickey Fun Mug 001     Mickey Fun Mug 002

Found this in an antique mall in Peterborough, ON. I paid a little too much for it but ultimately it was worth it!

Mickey Fun Mug 005     Mickey Fun Mug 006

Dishwasher safe & Break Resistant

“Drinking time is fun time with Mickey and his friends!” says the side text. I’d agree, but it appears the only friends that showed up for the packaging photo-op were Donald Duck and one of his nephews.

Mickey Fun Mug 007

 Eagle Affiliates Inc. (APL Co.)

This product is from pre-1987 (Walt Disney Productions) and so, like most old toy and novelty companies, the above manufacturers are gone or absorbed. But before they went, they gave us a fine piece of Disneyana!

Mickey and Minnie Banks

Guest Blogger: Nick Maglio

Weekends at the Columbus Flea Market are hit and miss. Some days, my wife and I walk the isles of stuff and don’t find a thing. Other times, we pick up several items, like these banks.

Let’s start off with this large, 8″ x 6″ (20.32  x 15.24 centimeters), ceramic Mickey bank:

I picked it up for $5 US

 

You can make out the simple Copyright Disney under the price tag

I picked up these terrific Mickey and Minnie banks for $10 US

Made of rubber, they measure 6″ (15.24 centimeter’s) tall

At their bases they are marked Walt Disney Productions, aging them to the early 80’s

Made in Korea

No markings on the bottom. I’d love to know where they were originally purchased

As a bonus feature, which I didn’t even notice when I bought these, they each have one articulated arm! Minnie’s raises up to her mouth. You can almost hear her giggle!

You can hear Mickey saying “Hello, everybody!”

Banks, er, thanks for stopping by our little blog today!

Magic Kingdom Metal Lunch Box

Guest Blogger: Nick Maglio

I love lunch boxes. They remind me of the (relatively) carefree days of my youth. I had a metal lunch box, of course, but confess, it wasn’t a Disney lunch box! As an adult I’ve made up for this by buying as many reasonably priced boxes as I can get my hands on. I got this one on eBay several years ago.

 

This box is pretty exciting! Mickey, Donald and Pluto enjoy Space Mountain, which seems to have broken free of the attraction building, and has flown past Cinderella Castle, as a pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean prepares to take aim and shoot the errant craft down! Whew!

Then there’s the back, which is, arguably, even more dramatic. Mickey’s nephews, Morty and Ferdie, while trying to get away from an escaped elephant from The Jungle Cruise, are running right into the path of the runaway train over at Big Thunder Mountain, while the Haunted Mansion caretaker looks on! I hope those crazy kids will be okay!

This is all too much for me! Let’s calm down by taking a ride on It’s a Small World

The image continues all the way around the sides of the box

The inside is actually pretty clean

From the thermos, it looks like Mickey is okay and enjoying the fireworks, thank goodness. It was  some day!

1979, Walt Disney Productions

By Aladdin Industries Incorporated, from Nashville, Tennessee.

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