Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter Wishes






Uncle Wiggly is a charming character created by Howard Garis who began writing about the clever rabbit in 1910. The stories were drawn by several illustrators, the most notable being Lansing Campbell. Other illustrators included George L. Carlson, Louis Wisa, Elmer Rache, Edward Bloomfield, Lang Campbell and Mary and Wallace Stover.

I am the proud owner of my very own Uncle Wiggly Ovaltine cup. Picked it up at a flea market many years ago and love it still. source of photo

Have a grand Easter and/or Passover everyone.

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  1. I love these illustrations, am glad you have that historical cup.

    Happy Easter and Passover.

    I and my sibling are lucky souls in that we grow up in a multi-cultural household and celebrated both Passover and Easter. It meant a lot of hard-boiled eggs and chocolate to us. Food was crucial to these celebrations.

    So, while I raced out and got some Easter goodies for the children next door, a few items may be missing from their loot (ahem). I offer no apologies for this.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I grew up in what you'd call a multi-cultural neighborhood when that sort of thing was rare - unless you lived on the lower east side of NYC, as I did. In fact, most of my classmates were Jewish so I heard a lot about Passover and Yom Kippur and all the different holidays. It was all an energized mix.

      Oh, food - don't remind me. Ha. My mother used to outdo herself at Easter and Christmas. But then she always cooked as if an army were coming to dinner. Those were good days.

      No apologies necessary. Easter goodies are to be shared. :)

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  2. Happy Easter to you too Yvette. And that cup is a beauty.

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    1. Thanks, Neer. Yes, I use it to hold pens and whatnot and it sits on my desk as we speak. :)

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  3. What memories this post brought back! I don't remember actually acquiring Uncle Wiggly books, but I know we had several when I was a child. I wonder what happened to them? We're having Easter dinner today with the rest of my immediate family, so I'll ask my sister if she remembers anything about them.

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    1. Maybe you'll find some in an attic somewhere. :) I know I had a couple but can't remember whatever happened to them either. I couldn't feel such a friendly vibe when I look at Uncle Wiggly unless I'd known him before some time. That's what I tell myself anyway.

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  4. Dear Yvette,

    My sister-in-law had a beloved uncle who as a child owned one of the Uncle Wiggly books that you've featured. Apparently, he was never separated from his favorite book, and the family started calling him Wiggly. By the time my sister-in-law came along Wiggly had become an adult and his handle had been shortened to Wig, and of course he was Uncle Wig. A true story. And who can resist a rabbit in a top hat?

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    1. There's no resisting a rabbit in a top hat for sure, Mark. :) I love that charming story of your family's Uncle Wig. The books were probably loved into oblivion. :) That's what happens to a lot of children's books - just as it should.

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  5. Yvette, these Uncle Wiggily books and charming keepsakes are delightful! All of us here at Team Bartilucci HQ think they're adorable! Happy Easter to you and yours from all of of here at Team Bartilucci HQ! :-D

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    1. Thanks, Dorian. I spent a happy day with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. So much exhausting fun. Ha! Had a great Sunday dinner too. :)

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  6. Yvette, I have seen these Uncle Wiggily books though I've never actually read them. I love the illustrations. A belated Happy Easter to you!

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    1. I love them too, Prashant. This is one of the reasons I've grown so fond of the internet. You can find remnants of your childhood so easily. :)

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  7. Hello Yvette,

    Well, we have not heard of a Uncle Wiggily but these illustrations look as if they would charm any small child. They are beautifully drawn and detailed!

    And, Ovaltine, how we remember that warming wintry drink. It has not passed our lips for many a year......your mug is a great memento.

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    1. I agree, Jane and Lance, these illustrations are wonderful. I have Ovaltine memories too. :) My mom always made sure we had some in the house and we always drank some in the evening. Especially when we were feeling out of sorts.

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  8. Buona Psqua Yvette (as we say in my part of town)

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    1. Thanks, Bloody! Same back at you. :)

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