Do these cute little guys remind you of something?
I think we all had one or two of these when we were younger.
Those of us that fall into that mid-century category anyway. My excuse for collecting them is that I have two daughters. Yeah right.
Most of these are Dakin Dream Pets. I find something so appealing about these little guys. I think it's partially the velvety material they are constructed from and that they are stuffed with sawdust till they are firm so they stand up. I had to research some history on these guys, and I found it kinda interesting.
I found this info on Cuddly Collectibles.
The year was 1957. Sputnik was launching into space, Leave It To Beaver was a TV favorite and Elvis was rockin' the air waves. All this, while a young man in Detroit, Barry Gordy, took his last $700 to form Motown.
R. Dakin & Company began importing electric trains. The early trains were packed with six small (quirky) velveteen stuffed critters whose intended use was to cradle the trains on the long journey. Unexpectedly, these sawdust-filled funsters created more excitement than the trains they were intended to protect. R. Dakin's packing material, Dream Pets – the Original Stuffed Toy – were about to become a cultural icon adored by everyone around the world.
As popularity and demand for Dream Pets grew over time, so did the Dream Pet community. By the mid-seventies, there were over 2000 different Dream Pets born, to fulfill the fantasies and capture the imagination of millions.
Of course I have Christmas Dream Pets. hoorah.
I've got a regular little herd of reindeer here. The expressions are priceless.