With Rise of the Planet of the Apes dominating the box office this past weekend, I can’t help but have monkeys on the brain. Harmless, playful monkeys. Although I love a good science-fiction thriller, I prefer to picture primates through the lens of childhood toys. Like my mom’s 1960s sock monkeys, now making a comeback in hues of pink, purple and blue. So, join me in a walk down memory lane. I’m sure you had a few of these yourself. (Oh, and a confession. After watching Toy Story 3, the cymbal-banging monkey has now joined my “scared-of” rankings along with clowns, spiders and life-size dolls.)
Photos (all from Etsy): 1. 1950s Cymbal-Banging Monkey (Musical Jolly Chimp Toy) 2. Vintage 1966 Barrel of Monkeys Original Toy :: vimvigorvintage 3. Vintage 1970s Animal Rummy Playing Cards :: 30one 4. Handmade Blue Red-Heel Sock Monkey :: TerraceHill 5. Blue and Pink Striped Sock Monkeys :: SunsetGirl 6. Vintage Pottery Monkey Figurine :: ritasdiggins 7. Curious George Wooden Nesting Toys :: TheColorfulWorld 8. Vintage Monkey With Red Fez :: sushipotparts
Did these vintage monkeys stir up some sweet nostalgia? Have you made room for monkey toys in your decor?
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