Vintage crafting ad from 1978.
Meh. Probably not. But just try to get the image of these four babes from the 1940s out of your head! Each wears long johns or footie pajamas (perhaps with the old drop-seats, who can tell?) and snuggles a stuffed animal as all four of them lay in bed.
I was going to write about this at Inherited Values, but then I realized I have little to say about my odd, yet growing, collection of skunks. I don’t search for them, but they continue to find me. And soon, there will be too many to fit on the shelf.
The collection began with the the pair of vintage hand-painted coffee can lids with skunk decals.
Then I met “Stinkie” the skunk figurine. (I didn’t name him; his name is on the silver foil label on his tummy.) Then I found the pair of vintage masked stuffed toy skunks. I was gifted the skunk figurine with fur. By that point, when I ran into the vintage skunk planter, I knew I was officially collecting skunks. Before that point the items were parts of my other collections (vintage masked toys, kitschy stuffed animals, kitsch figurines, home decor, etc.), but now the skunks all sit together. If I have a favorite, it might be this vintage sawdust-stuffed skunk from Japan; I kiss his little nose and his little strawberry leaf hat.
Don’t worry, people: they’re not real teeth. Who’d snuggle with a toy that had real human teeth in it? Insanity. No, these are fake teeth, which makes them all the more lovable. Just look at that face: don’t you just want to cuddle with it all night long, tucked in soundly next to your sleeping body, watching over you all through the darkness of night?
According to this forum post, Mrs McGettrick saw somebody selling a bag of fake teeth on eBay, and wondered who’d buy such a thing. Nobody can explain how she became the highest bidder. Of course, the next logical step is to install them into Ugly-Doll-looking things, and then call them Fugglers.