Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bonzo the Dog - George Studdy

It's the same old time will you be my Valentine?

6 1/2" x 7 1/8"
circa 1920s, 1930s

marked: Printed in Germany
Mechanical Flat

I've got you for My Valentine

3 1/8" x 5 1/4"
circa 1920s

made in Germany
Cat holding a small dog that looks like George E. Studdy's Bonzo character
Flat with easel stand on the back

Bonzo the dog was created by George Studdy in 1922. The character was very popular and was featured in a wide variety of merchandise from candy tins and chocolate molds, to stuffed toys, pins, perfume bottles and paper goods. He was one of the earliest cartoon characters, sometimes appearing with a cat named Ooloo. A headphone-wearing version of him known as the Crosley Pup became the face of an affordable AM radio created by Powell Crosley Jr in 1925.

There are an enormous amount of postcards to collect, with an unknown amount of die-cut valentines too. For the truly obsessed there is even a possible soundtrack for your Bonzo-hunting in 1960's The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

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