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Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Summer 1953. Here I am, just turned 7 and lacking the full complement of front teeth, with my teddy bears in our back yard in Larkspur, California. The big red one is Rufus, who I won at a church festival, at one of those booths with a spinning wheel and a row of numbers along the counter. Someone gave me a dime to plunk down on one and the wheel stopped on mine. They pointed to all the prizes on the shelf and asked me what I wanted. My eyes bugged out and I pointed and yelled "I want HIM!!!" There's also a Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative.

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re: Frosty

AA - Those would be pasties, rather than falsies. A not inconsequential distinction.

tterrace - wonderful pictures, that Victory at Sea cover hit me like Proust's madeleine - a lost world comes flooding back into consciousness.

And don't get me started on Looney Tunes! (too late) My mother would indeed be horrified if she knew how big a part the boys at Termite Terrace played in my worldview. Those cartoons have remained a touchstone throughout my (simulated) adult life.

Frosty reply

Those are his red mittens.


Why does Frosty look like he is wearing falsies?

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