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"Foxy Grandpa" Masonic Doll
Art Fabric Mills Company
USA: New York
overall: 17 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.; 44.45 x 29.21 x 8.89 cm
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"Foxy Grandpa" doll; printed fabric sewn into the shape of a man and stuffed. The man wears a faded blue suit, red tie, white vest, and spats. On the right side of his vest is a fob with the Masonic symbol of a square and compasses. In his left arm he holds a white rabbit.

"Foxy Grandpa" was a popular newspaper comic strip between 1903 and 1918. With his two grandsons, creator Carl E. Schultze came up with the idea for the comic. Foxy Grandpa was a cantankerous character who, along with his pet, Bunny, continually foiled his grandsons' pranks. Why Foxy Grandpa wore a Masonic watch fob is unknown. There is no evidence that either he or his creator were Freemasons. In 1903, the Art Fabric Mills Company began producing kits to make these dolls.

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