What’s life without whimsy? ―
The Wade Group of Potteries started in 1810 near Burslem, England. Early in the 20th century, a number of potteries merged to become George Wade & Son, Ltd. In the 1920’s and 30’s production of figurines with a new ‘cellulose’ finish were produced. However the new finish proved to turn yellow and peel off with age.In 1954, Wade Whimsies were introduced and almost immediately became a huge success. This included the Red Tea Whimsies, which are still prized collectibles.
This whimsical character teapot belonged to my great-aunt, and my great grandmother gave it to my Mom for me. Little did she know I would be a tea granny too! I remember a few tea parties with my Mom and this guy!
This gentleman is similar in appearance to Andy Capp, a stereotyped, unemployed, drunken flat cap-wearing cartoon character. Andy Capp lived in Hartlepool, England with his wife, Flo. The cartoon included a number of other characters, including Jackie, a local barmen. The cartoon by Reg Smythe first appeared in papers in 1957.
Unlike Andy Capp, this jaunty fellow brightens the day.
…bunny slippers give me confidence because they’re so jaunty. They make a statement; they say, ‘Nothing the world does to me can ever get me so far down that I can’t be silly and frivolous’. — Dean Koontz
Be silly. Be frivolous. Happy Monday!