Monday, August 10, 2009

Noranekoland Stickers

This set of Sanrio Noranekoland stickers dates from 1989. It features three cats: brothers Kuro and Tora and sister Mike.

Tora must be the tiger-striped cat, Mike is the calico (calicos are almost always females) and Kuro is the black and white one. I never saw this character in the 80s, and I suspect it was not common outside of Japan.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Let's Chat Pencil Case

This plastic "Let's Chat" pencil case is by Sony Creative Products and features Penjamin Penguin. It's dated 1982. On the back it is also marked Expression.

I never saw a lot of Sony Creative Products items growing up in the 80s, but I did have a Let's Chat notebook that I remember getting in a dollar store-type place.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bunny and Matty Mug

This Sanrio Bunny and Matty child-size ceramic mug is only 2.5 inches tall. It's dated 1976. The front looks to me like a pilot theme with Bunny and Matty wearing goggles and a parachute (but also a raincoat, rain hat, and boots).

But on the back, Matty is sitting in a cloud trying to catch a baseball:

Who said cute had to make sense? Hop two!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Megalomania Eraser

This Megalomania eraser by Expression is from my childhood collection.

It's 3 cm x 4 cm and features the space theme. It's marked $1.00 - pretty pricey for 1980!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Robby Rabbit Sticker

This Robby Rabbit sticker by Sanrio comes from my '80s sticker collection. It features Robby and his bee friend painting.

It was a trade, which explains why it's not on it's original backing. I always kept my stickers on their backings in pristine condition, so I never understood why some kids took them off or stuck them on things. Still, I remember being happy to get this one, since Robby wasn't a very common character even then.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Three Bigrees Helmet Clip

This Gakken/Victoria Fance Three Bigrees paperclip is in the shape of an American football helmet, part of the sports theme set. The front features the elephant dressed as a cheerleader. It's marked $1 and is 4 cm high and wide.

The back shows the details of the helmet:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Little Gang Stickers

These Little Gang All-Star Stickers feature four adventurous kittens having fun with hot air balloons, bombs, and sardine cans.

While the manufacturer isn't marked on these stickers, this is the same character on the "Scoop" Expression notepad I posted previously. I always thought of this character as "Scoop," although the notepad does say "Little Gang" and that makes more sense! Thanks to Flickr friend *Iron Lace* for pointing this out and solving a piece of the Expression puzzle - check out *Iron Laces*'s eraser with the same Little Gang character. This is made by Sony Creative Products. Now I've noticed that the Sony Creative products items I have do say Expression (but the Expression items do not say Sony Creative Products). Perhaps Expression was taken over by Sony Creative Products?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mimu and Chimu Erasers

This tiny eraser set by Gakken/Victoria Fancy features the characters Mimu & Chimu - two little bugs.

The erasers are 1 inch tall and are marked $1.00.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hello Kitty Puffy Stickers

These classic Hello Kitty puffy stickers come from my childhood collection and are dated 1976.

I got these stickers as a "trade" during the early '80s sticker craze, and they have been in my sticker album ever since. I don't know what I traded to get them, but I'm sure I got the better deal, even with the missing flower sticker. Can you imagine kids occupying themselves with trading stickers and arranging them in albums nowadays?!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Megalomania Pencil Case

This Megalomania pencil case by Expression is about 8 inches long and made of metal. It features the flying saucer theme.


The bottom indicates the price was $3.20. I've had this since the late 70s/early 80s.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sanrio Cats Mailbox

This Sanrio clear plastic mailbox is only 2.5 inches long and features cats wearing striped dresses. I don't know if this character has a name, but I've only ever seen them on this item. It's dated 1979.

Inside the mailbox are tiny sheets of paper and envelopes with cat stamps drawn on:

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A Stage of Life Pen

This pen features A Stage of Life: Gentle Hippo and his Beautiful Girl Friend:

It was made by Expression and isn't dated, but I've had it since the early 80s. The pen has yellow ink.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Three Bigrees Paperclips

This set of 12 Three Bigrees (Victoria Fancy by Gakken) paperclips was a recent Ebay find. The plastic part is 2 cm in diameter and the back has a metal clip. They feature the Three Bigrees in a sports theme.

Not dated, but probably from the early 80s.