Thursday, July 14, 2011
After clearing out some my the 'stuff' from my computer room, I grouped together my chalkware collection. I thought that I would give you a closer look.
Chalkware figures were given away as carnival fair prizes from 1910 through to the 1950's. The earlier pieces were often painted by hand, but this was replaced by airbrushing (sometimes using stencils), which enabled the manufacturers to produce them more efficiently. At the end of the 1950's/60's they were replaced with stuff animals or other small trinkets.
I began collecting them because my uncle 'G' had a collection of kookaburra's and he would often ask me to bid on some on Ebay. I would keep an eye out at the markets and swap meets for them, and after a while started to collect them myself. I collect predominately kookaburras, koalas and dogs. I do have a few others scattered around, an owl, boat, and Dopey from the snow white.
They are getting harder to find these days, not as many are turning up at the markets, or swap meets but you are still able to find them on Ebay/Etsy.
Do you have a collection too??