Just a few
more to see here and you're done with stoppers,
are many others out there, so keep looking!
These stoppers are called "Push Puppets." You press the base downward
which relieves the tension
on the cords holding them together and they bend and sway. Letting
go of the base brings them back to their original position. The one
on the left is a couple that seem to dance when manipulated, and on the
right, the now familiar theme, a drunk. He should actually have a
bottle or jug in his left hand.
My friend, Bill Kneisel, called these little children "pin hole eyed kids."
(He's wasn't fond of them.) You'll find them on many different
ANRI items, especially napkin rings. They also made little girls
holding flowers. Because of this type of head/neck system, collectors
often refer to them as 'nodders.'
ANRI may not have intended it, but I see these two as Douglas MacArthur
and Santa Claus. The military man rolls his eyes and sticks out his
tongue when a lever is depressed. Santa is showing his split personality
as a head-in-head stopper.
Well, that's the end of the stopper show for now. Please let
me know if you have any stoppers that aren't represented here, or if you
have any you think I'd like to add to my collection.
From here you may go to the Bar Sets and Bar Scenes, or return home.
Thanks for staying with me so far!
Bar Sets & Scenes