Not just play clothes, but *costume* play clothes! How fun! This “Indian Chief” costume was distributed under the Yankiboy Play Clothes brand by the Sachman Bros Co out of NYC. It dates from the late 1940’s or early 1950’s and is quite special! I love the orange detailing around the collar.
Sachman Bros made a lot of other Western-inspired costumes including a Cowgirl and Cowboy. They also carried an officially-licensed line of “Lone Ranger” play clothes in the late 1940s. I have included an image of a “Lone Ranger” brochure in the gallery.
This costume will be listed for sale on EBay later this week! Check out the link to my auctions at the top of the page!
If you grew up in the 1950’s, you are familiar with the Western craze that peaked during that era. Chances are you spent hours of play pretending you were a cowboy or girl - chasing down outlaws or rounding up cattle. Shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Wagon Train,” “The Rifleman,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” and “Wyatt Earp” ruled the airways and captured the imaginations of adults and children alike. Americans were obsessed with all things western as they continued to settle and populate the untamed West!
I just returned from a trip to the West with a friend and will devote this week’s posts to children’s items and toys inspired by the Western craze of the 1950’s. During our trip I fell in love with the serene plains of Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska, the majestic mountains of Colorado, and the small quaint towns in Wyoming. The photo in the gallery is of me on the porch of the Stanley Hotel (made famous by Stephen King) in Estes Park, CO.
This wonderful image of a suburban family dressed in Western attire is courtesy of Mclancy on Etsy.
A page from the French Dupuis Department Store catalog I currently have listed on EBay. The play clothes for boys are so cute! I LOVE the prices too! I was unable to find any information about this catalog or company online. Does anyone out there have any information?
Just a quick post today as I’m getting over being sick. I thought you’d enjoy this child’s porcelain mirror I sold recently. This little piece measures only 6″ high and has a beautiful scene of children feeding a cat and her kittens on the reverse.
Can’t you just see a lovely little Victorian girl’s face looking into this mirror?
Before she turned eight, she had the most recognizable face in the world. She was the top box-office draw for four consecutive years during the Great Depression. She dined with presidents and foreign dignitaries and played with their children. Why shouldn’t she have had her own clothing line?!
This wonderful dress is from the “Shirley Temple” Cinderella Frocks line manufactured by The Rosenau Brothers company in the 1930’s!
In 1934 Sidney Rosenau acquired the rights to use Shirley’s name and adaptations of her movie wardrobe for a line of children’s clothing under the Cinderella Frocks brand. The Philadelphia and New York-based company produced a large line of clothing bearing Temple’s name all throughout the 1930’s. After a period of hiatus in the 1940’s, the company again began producing “Shirley Temple” designs in the late 1950’s, riding on the popularity of the “Shirley Temple Storybook” television series.
Rosenau and Temple maintained a friendship over the years that began when she was a child. She was quite fond of him and he even acted as court-appointed guardian for her in a New York-based lawsuit against a small company that infringed on Ideal Doll Company’s exclusive rights to create Shirley Temple Dolls.
The dress is adorable! I love the purple color and the sassy print! What a treat it must have been for a little girl living during the Depression-era! Shirley Temple Frocks came with graphic hang tags, which are now collector’s items themselves. I once came across a 1930’s Shirley Temple scrapbook that included over ten hang tags pasted throughout its pages. The child who owned the scrapbook must have had a completely “Shirley Temple-inspired” wardrobe! I have included an example of a tag in the gallery images at the bottom.
This dress is just one of the many unusual 1930’s liscensed Shirley Temple products. Soap, socks, slippers, raincoats, and even underwear beared the young star’s name.
This rare dress is currently for sale on EBay. I sell under the user name of Elszen.