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Psycho Cuteness

I couldn’t resist shooting an image of this item. Any antique that makes me recoil in horror is good fodder for a blog entry. This item is a working table lamp that is made of chalk.

The Kewpie doll was most popular in the 1930s post-Depression United States. The same image was made into items for everyday use, as we see in this lamp. Kewpie dolls and figurines are based on comical strip-like illustrations by Rose O’Neill that appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1909. The small dolls were extremely popular in the early 1900s.

“Psycho-cuteness” is a term used by cartoonist Bill Griffith to describe a product, such as a doll or toy, that is supposed to be “cute”; but in fact is horrifying.

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