Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Did you know?

Odd facts picked up from the television recently.

Early Mickey Mouse memorabilia had more pointed noses than later items and the eyes were in the shape of a pie with a piece missing. This is a 1930s Disney Mickey Mouse car mascot.

Japanese dragons have two, three or four claws. Chinese dragons have five claws.

Polaris is in the constellation Ursa Minor.

In the late 1940s / early 1950s toys and other objects made in Germany and Japan were unpopular in the States and the UK so to assist their selling they were stamped with things like “Made in Occupied Japan” or “Made in the British Zone, Germany”. This Shuko toy car was “Made in the US Zone, Germany”.


  1. You've been watching the Antiques Roadshow, haven't you? I did know about Mickey Mouse (not the memerobelia but the cartoons were also in this image). They were so different. I recall watching them when I was very little and thinking of how Mickey Mouse looked so different than the one that I knew...eventually I realized that he'd been around much longer than I :o).

  2. Well, I love that early Mickey!

  3. This is another of the things I so appreciate about your blog. I love picking up info like this. I bought some DVDs a few years back of some of the first MM cartoons. Wow-- technology has come a long way.
    Once again, thanks for sharing.

  4. That's some serious competition for The Goofy Chronicles, dear s.s.

  5. Loved old-style Mickey! I think he was better then.

    As I am a Dragon under the Chinese Horoscope it was a particularly interesting snippet regarding the telling apart of Japanese and Chinese versions.....

  6. I have a suitcase full of old toys - must bring them out for the little ones soon.
    I've just had a little ramble around your blog - I love the words about how to live life - the perfect guide.

  7. I learn something every time I come here. Today, I had some catching up to do, so I learned several things, including the fact that you eat pickled onions. Wow.

    Thanks for expanding my horizons!


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