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Posted 2 years ago


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The Humpty Dumpty Circus was introduced by the Schoenhut company in 1903. The original set consisted of a clown, a chair, and a ladder. However, the clown was fully jointed and this simple set could be posed in numerous ways, limited only by the childs imagination.

Soon, the Schoenhut company began producing more figures to compliment this original set and it was possible to assemble a rather large circus. Available pieces included circus tents, circus wagons, performers, and a wide range of animals.

The Schoenhut company produced circus toys unitl 1935.
This is my friends complete circus including some rare pieces to find .
Albert Schoenhut, a German immigrant, began producing piano toys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872. Thereafter, Schoenhut's toy production expanded to include dolls, dollhouses, blocks, and other wooden toys. In 1903, Schoenhut applied for a patent for a clown toy that would become

The Humpy Dumpty Circus was a great hit. The circus personal grew over the years to include a Lady Circus Rider, Lady Acrobat, Ringmaster, Gent Acrobat, a minstrel, Chinese Acrobat, and a Lion Tamer. Animals included an Alligator, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Buffalo, Bulldog, Burro, Arabian Camel, Bactrian Camel, Cat, Cow, Deer, Donkey, Elephant, Giraffe, Gazelle, Goat, Goose, Gorilla, Hippopotamus, Brown Horse, White horse, hyena, Kangaroo, Leopard, Lion, Monkey, Ostrich, Pig, Poodle, Rabbit, Rhinoceros, Sea Lion, Sheep, Tiger, Wolf, Zebra, and a Zebu. The 1906 "Everybody's Magazine" ad shown above illustrates some of the performers available at that time. Most early animals had glass eyes which were all changed to hand painted eyes by the 1920s. Even the painted eyes were later changed to a decaled eye in many animals as another cost savings measure


  1. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you nldionne and bratjdd :-)))))))))))) xo
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    What has transpired here in the first photo is the loss of imagination. There is so much going on with this circus that imagination becomes stagnated. Who could imagine more incredulous a circus than what I see ? It leaves little to the imagination, and I would just stand there with my mouth on the floor. From 1903 to 1935 they seem to have picked many imaginations dry. There is in this photo, one of the finest collections I have ever seen in my life. Whoever owns this must be so proud of the collection. 5*****'s !!~
  3. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil. This belongs to my best friend and this collection took many many years to acquire . I have searched the Internet to help find some of the animals . The set is one of the most complete in USA . And carries a high price tag too . He had them all on a huge display a few years ago but now has reduced them and crowded them a bit to keep them all covered from dust . Glad you liked it I am amazed when you see it and animals are actually rather large as is the tent
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Your friend has done an amazing amount of work to collect so many pieces. It deserves to be a three ring circus.
  5. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Bro :-) I have enjoyed watching it grow over past nearly 30 years of finding some of the animals that are rare , some are common but a few are very elusive . Hot and humid here today :-( no humidity please for me ! xo
  6. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank ya kindly Blunder :-)
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    We had 1.5" of rain here yesterday, a real blessing as we haven't had a significant rain here since last summer. High humidity isn't something we have to deal with too often thank goodness.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Bro We have had so much rain I have mushrooms growing in lawn LOL for real :-)
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    No wonder you have such high humidity.
    I wouldn't, but you could make a salad of dandelion greens & mushrooms. :-)
  10. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Hunter :-) much appreciated !
  11. Zowie Zowie, 2 years ago
    How lucky you are
  12. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Zowie :-))))
  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Wow wow wow! Very cool Mani. Hope you are well
  14. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Amber ! And thanks for asking how I am your so sweet :-) I appreciate it . Let's say I am trying !
  15. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Many Many thanks , musik,gargoyle,EJW,freiheit , valentino97 and pw-collector :-)
  16. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Lisa and Kerry very much appreciated :-)
  17. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Sean :-) I guess we both survived storms ! more today I hear . Thank you for the love on this post :-)
  18. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    WOW-- what a grouping!

  19. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Scottvez :-)
  20. imander imander, 2 years ago
    what a wonderful collection :)
  21. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 2 years ago
    WOW, I missed this one!!! Incredible collection my friend!!! I could play with this for hours..even now :0
  22. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Moonstone :-))
  23. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Sean !!!!!!!! :-)
  24. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
    your very welcome darling:)
  25. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    How could you not feel like a child looking at such a glorious thing!
  26. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Budek :-) I appreciate you stopping and enjoying this post !*
  27. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Aztom and AntigueToys ! Much appreciated :-)
  28. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Signaholic and toolate ! :-)))
  29. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Ron ! I appreciate you stopping and enjoying this post !***
  30. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 2 years ago
    that's really neat Mani
  31. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Vansky . It is quite rare to have a complete set . Thank you for the love ! :-)))))))))))
  32. inky inky, 2 years ago
    I don't know how I missed these, they are wonderful and bring allot of good memories back...:-)
  33. junglehouse junglehouse, 2 years ago
    What an awesome collection. *love *love *love it all!
  34. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you junglehouse ! I am glad you liked it . Hard to come by set :-)))))
  35. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you tom61375 and Geo ! I sure appreciate you 2 today :-)
  36. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you Bootson ! Much appreciated :-))))
  37. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you Jono very much ! :-)
  38. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you official ! Much appreciated
  39. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you vansky :-)))))))))))
  40. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you packrat :-))))) Hope all is good by you and warm !

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