Sidewall, Sparkie, 1953
Sparkie was a puppet who believed he was a real boy, and played the central figure in Big Jon and Sparkie, a children’s radio show that aired from 1950-58. Big Jon and Sparkie was a serial with adaptations of classic books or original adventures adapted from Arthur's neighborhood. Here, Sparkie is shown acting out a number of famous stories from American history including George Washington crossing the Delaware, Paul Revere making his historic ride, and Buffalo Bill Cody with Sitting Bull.
Its dimensions are
W: 56 cm (22 1/16 in.)
It is inscribed
Printed in left selvage: "Sparkie copyright symbol Jon Arthur", printed in right selvedge: "Child Life Wallpaper Inc."
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Sparkie, 1953; Manufactured by Child-Life Wallpaper Co. ; USA; machine printed on paper; W: 56 cm (22 1/16 in.); Gift of Suzanne Lipschutz; 1991-89-31