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Old Chalkware, Most Likely 1930's or 40's Depression era. Meant to Amuse
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Old Chalkware, Most Likely 1930's or 40's Depression era. Meant to Amuse


Chalkware is a mainly American term for popular figurines either made of molded plaster of Paris (usually) or sculpted gypsum, and painted, typically with oils or watercolors. They were mainly made in one of two periods: the first beginning in the late 18th century and ending by the beginning of the 20th century, the second being during the Great Depression.

“Carnival chalk” refers to chalkware figures given out as carnival game prizes during the first half of the 20th century, especially during WWII. I grew up in the 50's and 60's and the chalkware was mostly, almost always hollow. This young fellow and gal are solid and where there age in their size and style.

I like their demur looks more so on the little lady. The man is sneaking a peek and she knows it and it shows on her facial expressions. I used to buy a lot of chalkware but before now I haven't found any quiet this old. This pair shows there age and I like them just the way the are. But, if you wish to spruce them up, a light cleaning and some flesh tone paint will do the trick -- It shouldn't be too much of a fix.

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