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Vintage Tuesday Toy Time: The Dreamy World of Dakin.

Hurray for vintage tuesday! Hey, how about those crazy toddler road map pants Dottie found?? I love ’em for a summer vacation car trip, that’s for sure. So today I thought it would be fun to take a look at one of my favorite vintage toys—the Dakin Dream Pet. Dream Pets are wee little stuffed animals that are like cuddly cartoon characters. They all have amazing personalities and great little details—like hats, handerchiefs and more. These little suckers are super cute and make for adorable little room accents, but they have an equally interesting history too!

image: Kitsch and Curious.

Back in 1957, R. Dakin & Company began importing electric toy trains from Japan. As they unpacked the trains, they made the unusual discovery that the boxes were packed with several small, quirky stuffed animals—apparently the Japanese workers had handcrafted these whimsical little animals from scraps of velveteen and used them as padding to protect the trains on their long trip. Unexpectedly, these sawdust-filled little critters became more popular than the trains themselves! The workers called them “Dream Pets” because they said they could make any kind of animal they could dream up and the name stuck. The people at Dakin weren’t fools and quickly realized that they should be producing these sweet animals instead of trains! Let’s check some of ’em out:

Images: The awesome Susie and Heidi from Make Something Happy. (Check their Blog out. It rocks!)
Image: PinkyJane
Image: KitschCafe
Image: Lollygomez

Images: Tiramisue
Image: Nascar Trophy Wife

These little guys are so full of personality! The best part is, they can still be found very affordably (we’re talking $5-7 a pop, perhaps a little more for rarer ones). They would look adorable on a book shelf,  or even a display shelf. You can also try hanging them on a little framed shadow box on the wall! Yup….these little cuties are certainly dreamy.

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  1. Tammy says

    I’m in love with that little tiger! He’s so happy!

  2. lishyloo says

    the kitty with the fish!

    i love your toy history lessons!

  3. Dottie says

    I know that tiger is killing me! And I love the eyelashes. Oof!

  4. Susan says

    I am a lover of vintage things and I have never seen these before so I am dyyyyyyyyyyyying!!
    Great post 🙂

  5. heather says

    ahhh my dad used to buy these for my mom when they were dating. i just found them in a bag in her linen closet last weekend. she told me MAYBE she would give them to me. i said come on mom if you don’t put them out and display them i am taking them!

  6. Amber Liddle says

    Why am I not surprised that your mom has these Heather?

    I love the little scotty dog. And the fox. cute!

  7. pilgrim says

    aww! cuteness abounds. i never knew these critters had a name or even a story. consider me enlightened!

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