The past few years have been very difficult for me. I know it’s nowhere near as difficult as it could be, realistically – It’s just difficult enough to make me get to know what struggling is about, on a more crazy level, moreso than I have ever known before. Difficult in what way, you might wonder? In all ways, I reply. In this solace, over time, I haven’t been able to confide in my blog, or excreete my imaginings in creative fun ways (my art as therapy) as much as I would like to. Being without my usual “usuals” (too private to disclose or briefly list), I feel like I am falling away. Time goes by so fast. I’m a little lost. But I have been trying to accept my situations, cope without having a computer by my side – that means no creative photography, or blogging about my art, favourite hobbies, even documenting life in general. I really want to record my Dad’s incredible Disneyana collection, but haven’t had much success in this project. I have to accept that my mental health needs mending, which cannot be ignored. I just have to let go a little. Adapt a little. For now, anyway. I don’t know how long for, but only time will tell.
This ‘Mickey Mouse’ doll – made by Knickerbocker (USA) in 1934, is a Deluxe version of the first doll design in Knickerbocker’s “Mickey” series. Mickey stands 18″ tall, features a Velveteen Body, Open Fingers, Satin Hands and Soft Felt Shoes – also with a Non-Printed Black Fabric “Curtain” around the face. He is missing his Whiskers and Rubber Tail, but still retains his original Mother of Pearl Buttons and signature ‘Pie-Cut‘ Oil Cloth Eyes.
To celebrate my Mum’s Birthday on the 14th, here is a posting about another Mickey. This ‘Mickey Mouse’ cuddle doll – made by Knickerbocker (USA) in 1934, was released in tandem with the first doll design (‘Mickeybocker‘). Mickey can stand (with assistance) approximately 12″ tall, features Open Fingers and Soft Sewn Shoes & Removed Wireframe – also with a Non-Printed Black Fabric “Curtain” around the face. He is missing his Tail and his face is quite faded, but still exhibits his merry aura. This “cuddle” variation doll was unfortunately short-lived after only 6 months, suffering poor sales.
To celebrate my Dad’s Birthday on the 11th, here is a posting about another one of our pal’s, Mickey. This ‘Mickey Mouse’ doll is one that my Dad has only ever seen once before. Made by O’Lis (Europe) in the 1940s, Mickey stands approximately 16″ tall, and features Yellow Felt Hands, Red Felt Pants, a Black Cotton/Felt Body, and Black Felt ‘Pie-Cut’ Eyes, and a straw-like filler/stuffing. Albeit he has vintage chest repairs, he fearlessly displays a sharp and charming appearance.
I shouldn’t label myself. Photographer? Artist? Storyteller? I needed to modify this [header] to better suit or represent the composure of my mind.
This ‘Mickey Mouse’ doll is the third and final iteration in George Borgfeldt’s plush series. Made by Borgfeldt/Nifty Toys (USA) in 1933, Mickey stands approximately 12″ tall, and features exceedingly faded Yellow Velvet Hands, Red Velvet Pants and a Black Velveteen Body – complete with Mother of Pearl Buttons, ‘Pie-Cut’ Oil Cloth Eyes and Sewn Facial Features. Although he is missing his original Rubber Tail, he still shows remnants of his original Foot Stamp.
Though I am not very good at the things I do – punch is – I do and try my best, perpetually.