There are millions of stuffed toys in closets and attics that people have saved during the past 30 to 50 years waiting to be rediscovered.
I just received this photo of a Humpty Dumpty made by Mary Meyer in the early 1970s. That’s over 40 years ago and it’s in mint condidtion – like it just came out of the factory yesterday.
I joined Mary Meyer in 1955 and managed the designing and manufacturing until 1985, when my son Steven Meyer took over the designing.
The Humpry Dumpty you see here was made by Mary Meyer in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The original design was a soft stuffed toy and later a wind-up musical mechanisms and a chime were also added. It was made of Pink or Blue plush for the lower body plus a White plush head. The first designs had a pompon nose, Red felt mouth and felt eyes along with a Pink or Blue felt barret with a pompon and a felt collar. Humpty Dumpty was offered in Pink for little girls and Blue for boys.
The Humpty Dumpty shown here is one of the later designs that evolved. It has colorful lock-in plastic eyes and bow cemented on at the neck line. This version also had a chime mechanism, which chimes as the toy is rolled around and played with. It was a very popular Mary Meyer design and had a gingham check neck ribbonand a ribbon that said “Shake Me – I Chime”.
If you have a Mary Meyer stuffed toy and would like to know it’s history, please contact me and I’ll be happy to help you.
Looking at these old Mary Meyer toys brings back many memories. I think of the many children we have made happy over the years. Mary Meyer was my Mother. I enjoyed working with her and it gave me an opportunity to create many stuffed animals that are now waiting to be rediscovered in attics all over the USA.