This fun piece is an old squeak toy. The top and the bottom are paper over wood and the center section appears to be an oil cloth over a large spring. One end has the image of a black cat with an open hole for the mouth. It reads; Fun For All – Pocket Cat Cry – Made in Boston, U.S.A.. The opposing end has a cartoon type drawing. A man with a grumpy expression is sitting at a desk looking over his shoulder. In comic strip fashion there is a balloon that reads; Where is that CAT? Standing behind the man is a young boy snickering with one hand in his pocket and the words “meow” radiating from him. His balloon reads; In My Pocket. When the two ends are squeezed together in accordion fashion there is a faint squeak noise which was probably much louder when it was new. I believe this is from the 1920’s or 1930’s.
It measures about 2 3/8” in diameter by 2” long and it is in fairly good condition with minor wear to the paper. The cloth has lost some of it coating which I’m sure is why the squeaker isn’t very loud since it allows air in and out from the sides which it shouldn’t do.
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