Americana Spring 2002
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Collecting Pop-Eye (as Eff an Bee spelled it) items can be a life's work. As you may suspect, he has appeared on everything from underwear to halloween costumes. It is the earliest Popeye material that fascinates collectors the most, and this rare doll is about as early as they come. Attempting to capitalize on the popular cartoon series from Fleischer Studios, Eff an Bee purchased the license to produce this doll in 1935. He stands approximately 15 inches tall. Unbelievably he still possesses not only his usually missing sailor's cap, but he also has the never before seen Spinach tag, still tied to his wrist. The tag is in Excellent condition. It is in the shape of a crate of Spinach, and carries the character and toy company's names, as well as featuring a portrait of the world's best known sailor on the reverse. Popeye is pictured as saying, "Blow me down! It's the Spinach that makes me strong!" The toy is quite presentable, still displaying the ink printed anchors on both forearms. He has a seam split on the back of his right foot, between the foot and the pant leg. It has not spread and measures about one inch in length. The foot must be bent upwards in order to make it noticeable. There are also two tiny "ticks" in the fabric on the tunic's front, one at the bottom edge, and the second within a fabric fold. Both are minor and invisible to anyone not looking very closely. His only real problem area is that after 67 years of display, he is a little dirty. Logically, this is most noticeable on his light colored flesh areas and his hat. Considering how rare he is, a little shelf dirt is seldom a concern to the largest percentage of collectors. This is a spectacular example of this early Popeye rarity!
Rare 1935 Popeye Doll by Eff an Bee, With Original Paper Tag
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