This amazing race horse game wheel is another great find from Jeff Bridgman’s American Antiques.

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I love the coconut masks that are made in southern Mexico.  I always try and pick a few of these up when I visit.

Diablo mask I picked up in Oaxaca in 2007.  He is my favorite!

Diablo mask I picked up in Oaxaca in 2007. He is my favorite!

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Mask for Dia De Los Muertos

Mask for Dia De Los Muertos

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Alebrijes – Folk Art From Oaxaca, Mexico

Vintage Sock Monkeys

February 15, 2009

Sock Monkeys are a form of American Folk Art that originated in the 1930’s.  The sock monkeys were made of Ragg socks made by Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illonois.  The red heeled ragg socks were a trademark of their iconic design and impartial to the creation of the finished toy!  In 1955 the Nelson Knitting Company began including sock monkey patterns with every pair of socks sold.  Below are some great examples that I found on Ebay.

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Sock Monkey Instructions from the 1950's

Sock Monkey Instructions from the 1950's

Comic Book Artist Marina Coral's Dodger Sock Monkey (Made by hand by her boyfriend; he has great sewing skills!)

Comic Book Artist Marina Corral's Dodger Sock Monkey (Made by hand by her boyfriend; he has great sewing skills!)

Alebrijes are carved folk art figures from Oaxaca Mexico.  Alebrijes originated in the 1930’s and were created by artist Pedro Linares.  Linares fell ill and said that the brightly colored figures came to him in a dream during his illness.  Below are some beautiful carvings by some of my favorite alebrije artists that I found on El Caracol Zapoteca and Ebay.

Squirrel by Jacobo Angeles

Squirrel by Jacobo Angeles

Cheetah by Miguel Santiago

Cheetah by Miguel Santiago

Fox by Armando Jimenez

Fox by Armando Jimenez

Armadillo by Bertha Cruz

Armadillo by Bertha Cruz

Rabbit by Luis Pablo

Rabbit by Luis Pablo

Badger by Jacobo Angeles

Badger by Jacobo Angeles

Fox by Zeny Fuentes

Fox by Zeny Fuentes