|Nick's monkey, which inspired me to search for information|
For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know that not knowing drives me crazy! I'm just a tad addicted to research, so off I went to Google to learn more. I was immediately drawn to an August 15, 2012 blog post by Robin at Red Line Vintage about her addiction to Zoo Line animals. From her post, I learned that the highly collectible carved wood animals with rubber band-strung movable joints were made in the late 1950s and sold as souvenirs at zoos across the country.
Imagine my surprise as I read further and found that she had linked back to my post about Kay Bojesen, who she said was rumored to be the mastermind behind the Zoo Line animals. Then I found another one of her posts...in which she not only shared some Zoo Line catalogs which disprove the Bojesen rumors but also talked about being featured by Beatriz of Mid Mod Mom (another blog I follow) as part of her ongoing series about the things that vintage sellers keep for themselves. What a wonderful interconnected world we've become!
The upshot of all this is that one of Robin's photos showed two monkeys that look for all the world like Nick's, so if I had to guess, I'd say he scored a Zoo Line piece. What do you think?
|Just a few of Robin and husband Blake's Zoo Line animals|
I hope you have time to check out the Red Line Vintage site. They have so many beautiful items for sale, and they're so cleverly categorized under their "Shop by Collection" tab that I guarantee it will be worth a visit.