What I learned about vintage soft toys part one sock monkeys

Vintage toys

Making sock monkeys I was always fascinated about where they originated from ? So wrote about it at the time !  Love vintage Please read on if interested I will tell you more……

*sock monkeys

Everyone knows what a sock monkey is. You probably played with one yourself as a child. But did you know that a sock monkey actually made an appearance at the Academy Awards? And that one of them even starred in batman returns

Stuffed toys are a rather recent invention. The first manufacturer to concentrate on soft toys was the German company Steiff, which was founded in 1880 and invented the teddy bear in 1902.

When the European trend reached the United States in the 1920’s, mothers started making their own stuffed toys from socks. Nowadays, when people think of sock monkeys, they automatically think of so-called Original Rockford Red Heel® socks — gray work socks with a distinguished red and white heel.

I made one of these myself and I called him Rockford you can still buy these socks today with pattern on how to make

Rockford

These socks were originally made by the Nelson Knitting Mills in Rockford, Illinois (hence the name) since 1890, and patented in 1915. When the company decided to include sock monkey instructions with every pair of the Red Heel® socks in the 1950’s, the true marketing magic began.

The pattern was published in a craft magazine in 1955, and in 1958, the first book dedicated to sock monkeys was published. By then, elephant instructions were published as well, and sock monkeys became an important part of every American childhood.

As with every trend, it slowly died down, only to be resurrected again in the 1990’s, when the baby boomers shared their own childhood memories and started making sock monkeys again.

Sock monkeys will always be part of my life as I have been making them for over 4 years . Nice to know how it all started and the history.

Now made out of all socks in different colours but all very unique to the person making them.

Thanks for reading lots more to tell you about the history of soft toys

Julie

you can see a collection of vintage sock monkey pics over on Pinterest 

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Visiting Scarborough with the monkeys handmade business

Adventures with the MONKEYS

I have always wanted to go to Scarborough so why not take the monkeys. I have been making some nortical sock monkeys and wanted to take pictures with them by the sea that was the plan. The weather has been lovely  and ideal opatunity. I haven’t give these monkeys names yet but I’m sure They will have some connection with Scarborough .

The monkeys found a new chair to sit on

The monkeys love adventures, watching the boats and posing for the camera.

Monkeys ahoy

Don’t get caught in that net
It’s a long way down great view

looking over the lake in peasholm park beautiful view

Climbing trees

Didnt take long before the monkeys was up to mischief

Monkey mischief
Hide and seek
Just having a rest
Let’s go sailing

found a boat but monkey wasn’t going any where ?

 

They managed to come back with a new friend

We all had a great time hope you liked my pictures happy time 😊

 

Monkey Adventures Handmade Business

Monkey adventures

The weather has been so hot so we thought we would go on an adventure with the monkeys.  We like visiting Chester in Cheshire and took two of my favourite sock monkeys Rockford and rainbow with us. Wasn’t long before they was up to mischief. They don’t get out much !

Found a chair to sit on

Sitting on a chair in the hotel waiting to go on adventures.

We visited some church ruins and the monkeys couldn’t wait to do some climbing and get up to mischief.

Rainbow waisted no time climbing

Sliding down the church steps and climbing trees.

Having fun getting hot
Climbing trees

we had to take a rest it was so hot !  Rockford had to take his hat off !

Just having a moment

They wanted to jump in the water had to stop rainbow before he went in !

Don’t do it !

managed to get them back and put them to bed that’s enough adventures for one day 😊

Good night monkeys

we stayed for a few days but they managed to behave most of the time  thanks for looking happy days.

for more adventures when we went to Scarborough see my next blog coming soon 😊