Snapshots from the
Birnkrant Family Album Part II page 2
The Bumstead family "hangs
around" while Daisy wonders, "How much was
that doggie in the window?" (don't ask!) Even
rarer than the toys is the sight of Mel's work bench
Windsor McKay's LITTLE NEMO IN
SLUMBERLAND occupies first place on the Birnkrant
list of toys, dolls and games "most
Spectacular 18-inch, clockwork, five fingered Mickey!
Head rocks, eyes roll! Made in Germany.
black-and-white velvet Mickey and Minnie dolls made
Left: Phenomenally rare,
the legendary Captain Marvel doll!
Middle: Charismatic KOKO the
CLOWN, made of felt and composition
Right: Miraculous Mickey and
Minnie miniatures, actual size.
ELMER, BEAURGARD and ELSIE the Borden
cows are exquisitely crafted marionettes by master
puppeteer Bil Baird.
Hiding in this case of George McManus
characters is an exceedingly rare toy, the
practically unknown "Goodbye Maggie Car."
Jiggs drove this before he got his Jazz car! Jiggs
carved from a coconut is one of Mel's favorites.
Birnkrant Collection Home Page
Mel Birnkrant is a toy designer and inventor. The
toys he collects serve as an inspiration and play a
major role in the items he creates. The authors, Doug
and Pat Wengel, enjoy collecting early images of
Mickey and his friends. They are also dealers in
vintage character collectibles.