Thursday, July 26, 2007

Little Gang Scoop Notepad

Another character line from the Japanese company Expression was a group of four white kittens known as Scoop (or possibly Little Gang). This is a die-cut notepad in the shape of a bottle from the early 80s.

The front: News flash! New Star Discovered... We're Seeking Thrills and Adventure Everytime.

An inside page: Let's Challenge Something New! (the back features the same image as the front cover without lines)

The back cover: Create New Life with Expression (all for the price of $2.50)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Three Bigrees Envelope

The Three Bigrees, a hippo, rhino, and elephant, are characters from the Victoria Fancy line of the Japanese company Gakken. Gakken still exists, but their stationery line has spun off into a new company Gakken Sta:Ful and seems to feature licensed characters like Olivia the Pig and Harry Potter.

This small (2.75" x 4.5") envelope features the Three Bigrees in their Hamburger Stand motif. It isn't dated, but probably dates from the early 80s and was part of a larger stationery set.


Victoria Fancy items were harder to find than Sanrio, but I remember rummaging through the sale loft of the Paper Barn in Peddler's Village to find these characters.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Megalomania Stickers

Megalomania, a wide-eyed black kitten, was a character from a Japanese company called Expression. More rare than Sanrio, Megalomania and other Expression characters could be obtained at several toy/gift shops in the Bucks County, PA area including The Paper Unicorn, Foster's Toy Store, and The Paper Barn at Peddler's Village in Lahaska.

The character goods from Expression were actually more expensive than Sanrio items, but were worth it since Megalomania was and is my all-time favorite character. No trace of the company Expression seems to exist today.