Rose O’Neill’s Kewpies have captured the hearts and imaginations of children for over a century.  The little cherub with the impish grin is just so appealing!

Continuing with my “Christmas in July” theme for the week, I am showcasing a Kewpie Christmas Display sign from 1913. This sign was probably displayed on a store counter and advertises a line by Royal Society (H. E. Verran) of Rose O’Neill-liscensed Kewpie fabric designs to embroider. These fabric pieces are very rare and collectible. I have posted an example from this line (possibly a dresser scarf) in the gallery at the bottom of the post.

The text reads on the advertisement reads:

I am the Kewpie Santa Claus

I bring my friends a Christmas suggestion that is new, original and of wonderful interest to both those who give and those who receive, in


What is so fraught with tender well wishing as a gift made by friendly hands — a gift of wonderful beauty for all the years — a gift of such irresistible appeal as Kewpie’s embroidery designs. They are to be had either in tinted stamped goods or in the Royal Society Package Outfit which embrace pillows, dresser scarfs, bibs, fancy bags and all sorts of novelties.

Stop back next week as I’ll be posting more information about Rose O’Neill and her famous Kewpies!

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One comment

1.  Di - Kewpie Doll
July 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

Quite a fascinating Royal Society
Kewpie sign, which gives you an idea how devise the Kewpie doll range is.

Kind regards & keep collecting,



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