We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1930s RCA Radiotrons Maxfield Parrish Advertising Doll
This is an impressive 15.5" early wooden jointed and composition advertising doll. The figure's original design, believed to have been created by artist Maxfield Parrish, combines the Renaissance style attire apparent in many of his paintings with a molded top hat shaped like an RCA Radiotron brand radio tube. Made at the company's Harrison Radiotron factory from the late 1920s through the 1930s, Radiotron tubes were advertised in store displays featuring the Radiotron figure holding cards in his slotted hands announcing related sales and special offers.It has slits in the hands and feet to hold and stand on advertising display cards. Categorized as a doll as well as an advertising piece, this RCA Radiotron wood and composition jointed figure was made by the Cameo Doll Co. located in Port Allegheny, Pa. Founded by doll designer Joseph Kallus, the factory produced similar collectable dolls including Betty Boop, Pinocchio, Popeye, Felix the Cat and Howdy Doody from 1922 to 1970. Other Cameo advertising figures such as this include Mr. Hotpoint, Mr. Peanut and General Elec-tric's Bandy Bandmaster.... $1600