From the 1930's to the 1950's, another motivation for children to practice good dental hygiene was the decorative toothbrush holder. Most of the collectible toothbrush holders were made in prewar Japan and were modeled after popular comic, Disney and nursery rhyme characters. This lovable "Skippy" toothbrush holder, circa 1930, was designed from an American comic strip created by Percy L Crosby featuring Skippy Skinner a rambunctious fifth grader. The comic strip ran from 1923 to 1945. Made of bisque this toothbrush holder is 5 1/2" tall. Skippy's right arm is movable thus the holder was designed to hold only one toothbrush, through this curved left arm and resting on the base of the holder. He is marked "Made in Japan" on his back and "Skippy" and Percy L Crosby" with copyright symbol around the base. On the bottom is a faded original paper label which reads "Trade Skippy Mark - Copyright - Percy L Crosby - Japan". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; moderate paint ware which is usual for bisque composition items.
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