Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy – Christmas Elf’?

We’re super lucky to have run across a rather hard to find Sailor Boy – this one came to our attention from a visitor to our blog – then through eBay by way of South Africa to Florida! Welcome home, little guy!

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This unique version of Sailor Boy – complete with his Yashica 35mm camera.

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Cousins, not brothers. The only thing missing on our little guy is his green decal which should be on the front of his hat.

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Sailor Boy convention. The new guy cleaned up nicely. A little bit of warm soapy water and a soft brush and he’s good as new!

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Made in Japan is about all we know at this point. We’re not even sure about when he was made.

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Cool shoes – but are they “elf” shoes?

More about the history and variations of Yashica’s advertising figurine soon. As always, feel free to share your Sailor Boys with us – we’re looking to add to our collection with new versions of this cute guy.

Thanks

Chris and Carol

 

 

 

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Yashica’s ‘Sailor Boy’ – 1962

Here’s another look at this cute little guy and his cousins. We’ve added a new boy via South Africa -more details shortly!

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

Yashica’s advertising figurine the ‘Sailor Boy’ first appeared in 1962 – closely associated with the launch of Yashica’s J-3 35mm single-lens reflex camera. It was made for Yashica by Modern Plastics of Japan and was produced in a variety of sizes – from a 20cm shop and dealer display model down to this little 10cm guy.

This one ⇓ came to our collection from Germany and man was he a dirty guy!

DSCF5218 Covered with a coat of nicotine and grime, he looked like he was in a bar room fight! But he has a good casting and the paint looks good. Notice how grungy his hat is.

DSCF5219 Since he was covered with a thin film of nicotine he was sticky! 

DSCF5220 Looks like he has a black eye! 

After some restoration work in the studio, he’s looking ⇓ much better and brighter.

DSCF5221 Nice and shiney! Still a hint of a black smudge…

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Ida and Thomas Whelan

I recently found the time to scan some wonderful photographs of my family. This one of my father’s parents is one of my favorites. This is a direct scan of the print that was made back in the early 1930s. I haven’t touched up the image in any way except to add a touch more brightness. The tones are original. The image was taken in Brooklyn, New York c1932.

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Chris’ grandparents – Ida and Thomas c1932

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris