Here's a bit of whimsy from my Holiday Decor, this Sale Weekend at our Antique Mall I Scored an Amazing trio of Vintage Dancing Clown Music Boxes, two that are Banks and one that is a Jewelry Box, for about Two Dollars each!!! *Gasp!!!* Anything Vintage Carnival or Circus related I Collect if I like what it is, brings back many fond Childhood Memories of Carnivals and Circus performances we always went to growing up. This is the smaller of the trio and is only 3.5 inches across, it is called "Send In The Clowns", when you wind them up they play Big Top Music and the Clown Dances. All three were made in Japan by Otagiri but aren't dated, tho' most Listings for similar items say they are from the 70's thru 80's Era and aren't all that common.
This is the larger of the Round ones and is 6 inches across and is called "The French Can-Can"... there was another one identical to this one that I didn't buy because someone had over-wound it and so it didn't work anymore. In hindsight I probably should have picked it up too since the price was so low, but I do have an aversion to the No. 4 so I rarely buy anything in sets of four... don't ask, I don't know why I don't like that number, I just never have, Bad Mojo or something. *LOL* I do know it's called Tetraphobia and didn't realize until my Cambodian DIL told me that it is a common Superstition in East Asian Nations of the practice of avoiding No. 4 in daily life, kinda like the American aversion to No. 13, I didn't know that! Somehow that validated my Natural aversion to it and BTW the No. 13 has never bothered me one iota. *Ha ha ha*
But I digress, here is the last of the Dancing Clowns and this one is a Music Jewelry Box and not a Bank, it is the largest of the three and is Rectangular at 8.5 inches high and 5 inches across. It is called "The Entertainer" and it has a little drawer at the bottom which the Knob is missing, so I plan to put a Vintage Gold Bead or Crystal Knob on it that would be the right dimensions. Those I saw identical to it online had original Golden Bead like Knobs, it also proved to be the most valuable of the trio in that at Auction is can Sell for quite a lot more than I realized it might. I plan to Keep all of them for the Vintage Carnivale Decor I will incorporate into my Meditation Room.
Sometimes when I look back at some of Christmas Past I can hardly Believe how fast Time is flying by!!! It is particularly evident when I see Images of The G-Kid Force taken not all that many years ago... and yet, they've Grown Up so FAST! Whenever I think Time is moving slowly I need only to look back in Photo Archives and see that it is in fact speeding by much more quickly than we realize until we look back!
Now here's a Blast From Christmas Past, for years I rang the Bell for The Salvation Army during the Holidays at their Kettles all over the Valley. Mostly I had West Side locations but sometimes I was way South Side and I had many Regulars at my Kettle that would come Faithfully every day to Donate! I Hope that this Holiday Season you remember that it IS all about Giving... to Honor He whose Birth we are Celebrating and Who Gave so much on our behalf!
Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian