Character Novelty Company, Stuffed Animals, Plush Toys, and Puppets
Character Novelty Company, Inc. was a plush toy, puppet, and stuffed animals manufacture in Norwalk, Connecticut. From the 1930s, to the 1980s, the Character Novelty Company thrived. The company was founded by Cesare Mangiapani and Jack E. Levy, and was located at 50 Day Street in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
In June 23, 1936 Cesare Mangiapani patent a method of making toy animal figures from tuft yarn balls with the help of Jack E. Levy who was a partner in the Character Novelty Company. They had created a method of forming plush animal figures that comprised the formation of a wire framework on the inside of the yarn material that would fill out the soft body of the plush animal. The inside was made up of of thick looped metal wire at one end of the material and forming two thick V-shaped wires in the inside of the plush animal structure. This gives the body a metal framework for legs, arms and even a tail if desired or needed to complete the plush figure. This was done in such manner that each limb has an elongated leg of wire that passing the thick "V" shaped metal wires through the loop in the main area of the body, then bending all the wires in such manner that each of the "V" shaped metal wires forms the rear back end and the front end of the legs of the plush animal figure. Within this design the first mentioned wire can be used to form the tail of the plush animal, and thereof it can be looped end together with the other looped portions of the plush animal’s body; and finally the designer stringing the fibrous yarn material upon the framework so forming the soft and loveable plush animal that can stand up and be bendable to any position the owner desires of the toy.
Play time with 1960s Baby Lamb and 1997 Interactive Barney
Bambie, Hand Puppets and Tiger by Character Novelty Co
Character Brown Bear, Sleepy Monkey & Valentine’s Bear.
Bambi the Deer Character Novelty Company of Connecticut USA
In 1932 Mangiapani & Levy opened Character Novelty Company
It was in 1932 that Caesar Mangiapani and Jack Levy founded and opened the remarkable Character Novelty Company in a very peaceful town call Norwalk in the beautiful New England state we know as Connecticut. They made many wonderful advancements in the manufacturing of plush animals. It was after World War II, with the birth of the population "boom" called the era of the "baby boomers" after the end of World War II that the company grew quickly and started to sell an amazing assortment of beautifully crafted, and hand made toy animals to major department stores across the nation. In that remarkable period, the company sold their plush animals to small toy stores, and also to all the big retailers, and major department stores. The toy stores could not keep the Character plush toys on the shelf's, and many shipping warehouses were selling their Character Novelty plush toys to overseas markets. Character Novelty Company also had their own beautiful and well known showroom in New York. At the peak of the golden ear Jack Levy quit in 1960 to enjoy a peaceful and well deserved retirement. Thankfully the company still existed until the last owner and founder of the company Caesar Mangiapani died in the year 1983.
Bambie has the classic Character Novelty Company Tag
Character Novelty Co. Bengal tiger, & Bambi the Deer
Bambie has the Character Novelty Co. Bendable & Possible Legs.
The Character Novelty Co. made Captain Kangaroo's Puppets
A 1950s Bengal Tiger Designed by Character Novelty Co.
This Character Bengal tiger is hard to find in Mint Condition
The workmanship in this Character Bengal tiger is Excellent
In the photo below is the beloved Mr. Bingle the Snow Man. He was made from the very late 1940s to the mid 1960s by the Character Novelty Company from the original designs of Emile Alline ... A few might have been made later as well ... If you lived in New Orleans from the 1950s through the 1980s, you would know who the elf-like, snowman figure beside Santa Claus was. :) Created in 1947 by display director Emile Alline, Mr. Bingle was figured prominently in the large and elaborate yearly Christmas window display. Character Novelty Company had both a puppet version, and a plush sleeping, and play pal, of the loved Mr. Bingle the Snow Man
Magical Mr. Bingle the Snow Man, Created in 1947 by Emile Alline
Brown Bear, All Alone, 1960, Character Novelty Company
In the video below is Character Novelty Co Brown Bear Singing
Here in the video below we have a Character Novelty Company Brown Bear singing his favorite song which is his “All Alone Song”. This vintage Character Novelty Co plush hand puppet is called simply Brown Bear, he has a yellow ribbon… This sweet bear was saved for the attic of my parents’ home before the house was torn down. He is a classic vintage Character Novelty Company hand puppet made for children. This little hand puppet is so cute! He has the classic Character Novelty Co. tag which tells you all you need to know about this bear, he was made in the fable town of Norwalk, in Connecticut, and he was made around 1959 . Character Novelty Company was world renounced for making wonderful stuffed animals, puppets, and plush characters starting in the late 1920s and the company was made a Corporation on January 9, 1959.
Character Novelty Co, Brown Bear Singing “All Alone Song”
The Character Novelty Co., Famous 1950s Brown Bear Puppet
Toy Dog on Wheels by the "Character Novelty Co." 1950's to 1960's
The Character Dog's Plush "Fur" is in very Good Condition
He Wears his Blue and white Character ID Tag in his Left Ear.
Character Toy Dog on Wheels, His Measurements are Below
Character Novelty Co. Easter Lamb that plays "Rock A Bye Baby"
1961 Character Novelty Company Lamb made in Connecticut
The Character Novity Co, Factory in South Norwalk, Connecticut
Brown Bear & Sleepy Monkey made by Character Novelty Co.
Character Novelty Co was in business from 1932-1983
Pongo the Monkey, made in 1936 just in time for Christmas
Pongo the Monkey, made in 1936 by the Character Novelty Company
In 1936 Mangiapani patent a Method to make Animal Figures
The Character Novelty Company Method of making Plush Toys.
So as you can see in the two diagrams above and below we can once again refresh the Character Novelty Company secret method of making plush toys. In this new method of forming animal figures created by Cesare Mangiapani and Jack E. Levy you now have a plush animal made with the formation of a remarkable wire framework of strong looping wires at one end. It is these wires that formed a pair of stronger U-shaped wires in such manner that each has an elongated leg to form limbs for the plush animal in the making. These flexible but strong wires passed through the internal loops and the creator of the plush toy animal would then bended all the wires in such manner that each of the internal U-shaped wires would now form the rear and a front legs of the framework for the animal, while the first mentioned wire forms the tail if needed for the plush animal being created. Then with its unbent end and at its other end of the internal body frame it is joined to the loop engaging portions of the remaining wire frame to form the head portion of the internal framework, the plush animal creator then could covering the lower extremities of the legs so formed with rubber tubing and yarn, and bending the same framework upwardly in such manner that rubber covered feet are formed and finally covering the framework with a soft and durable fibrous material.