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Robert Frost

Monday, July 14, 2014

FAPCO Pottery and a Fuzzy Bear

My house-guests are on a plane back home, so it's back to business as usual!
I would like to revisit a couple of items that made a brief appearance on my blog a few weeks ago. The first is an adorable little vintage Aqua Deer Planter by Fredericksburg Art Pottery Company, or FAPCO for short.

I learned some interesting information about this company from the Collectors Weekly site and a FAPCO Facebook page. The FAPCO factory burned down in the early 1960's, much of the history has been lost. One interesting bit of information for you fellow collectors, is that much of the Disney marked pottery was distributed by the Leeds company but in fact was made at the FAPCO plant. I don't believe that any of the FAPCO items were marked, instead they used paper labels which of course usually fall off over time. This only makes identification more complicated and confusing!


Here is a little fantasy picture of the Deer Planter.....


and below a practical use for this little cutie!



This little Deer Planter has a heavy base and wide opening, making it perfect for holding pencils, paintbrushes etc.



 Cute as can be, just sitting on a shelf!




My second and last subject is a sweet little vintage book called "Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear". This book was printed in 1949 and is still in remarkable shape for being over 50 years old!  There were several Fuzzy Wuzzy books printed during the 1940's and 1950's and featured a variety of cute animals. The fuzziness came from adding flocking to the main character's image. 

The book is a cautionary tale about what happens to Fuzzy little bears who refuse to hibernate for the winter and instead eat all the honey and acorns they have stored up in their Fuzzy Bear Store House!





















Poor Fuzzy Wuzzy, his buttons are ready to pop off and he can't even get through his front door!!







Fuzzy Wuzzy thinks that if he turns sideways, he will surely be able to slide through the door. No such luck and in fact a pesky bee decides to sting him on his nose as he is stuck in the doorway!



Fuzzy has had enough and goes back to bed as his nose heals.

As Fuzzy Wuzzy sleeps, he gets thinner every day and when he wakes is able to fit through the front door. He decides that hibernating in the winter is actually and excellent idea!




I know how you feel Fuzzy Wuzzy, some winters I think it would be best to hibernate!! And who hasn't put on a pair of summer pants, that just don't quite fit after a long winter!! Ugh!

Both of these cute items will be in my shop soon! 

Let's have a very happy and fun-filled week! 
~~ Diane ~~



15 comments:

  1. Love that planter, never seen anything like it! Adorable book too! :)

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  2. Diane,
    I love vintage books, and Jess being an elementary teacher would love this book as well. It really is in good shape for being over fifty years old. The deer planter is cute too, and you can put so many different things in there. I can see why these are special to you.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  3. I think Fuzzy Wuzzy's author ripped off Winnie the Pooh!

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    1. Maybe, and maybe Winnie the Pooh's author got his inspiration from the Greeks and the Bible...
      http://socialpolicy.ucc.ie/pooh_and_ancient.htm

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  4. Love your sweet planter, and of course fuzzy wuzzy. Such a sweet book.

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  5. Of course I love your Bambi planter!

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  6. I had no idea that Fuzzy Wuzzy went all the way back to the 40s! That's pretty amazing. And that planter is adorable!

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    1. It is cute isn't it!! These type of planter have a myriad of uses!

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  8. I love Fuzzy Wuzzy! What a cute little book.

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  9. Hey Diane :o)
    Sorry I am so late coming around!
    I hope you've had a great week ;o)
    That deer planter is so cute!
    And, don't talk to me about pants not fitting! LOL! Fuzzy Wuzzy is so adorable ;o)
    Hugs ;o)

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  10. Such sweet, wonderful things! The planter is adorable, and I love it's color. :). And what a beautiful book with great and cut illustrations. Love!

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  11. I remember that book from years ago. I was 13 when my little brother was born. He used to rub the flocking while I read it to him.

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  12. Hi Diane, oh my goodness both of these are as cute as a button! I know just how Fuzzy Wuzzy Bear feels – I ate far too many cream teas while I was away.
    I hadn’t thought about paper labels falling off. I've got several things that used to belong to my mum. None of them have got maker's names – that must be why.

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  13. ♥♥♥ :) Happy day, my friend!

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Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane