Mexican Windup Donkey

Submitted by Michael Ely October 25th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner
This is a little donkey made in Mexico (circa 1950’s). He is very fragile. He is flocked and soft to the touch, his eyes are little glass beads, and his mane is a strip of fur. He has thin little strips of plastic for the bridle and reins. On his side, he has a windup key, and after you wind him up, his tail spins in circles (really fast) and his ears go up and down. They don’t make intricate toys / souvenirs like this anymore.

2 Responses to “Mexican Windup Donkey”

  1. Allee Willis

    I love this little donkey. In general, I love flocked animals. I don’t know how flocking got to be so ubiquitous for covering for animals with moving parts, like the nodders that sit on car dashes, but somehow it did.

    I know the donkey looks great in action. So sweet looking. He seems very happy around all your cactus artifacts.

    Is that thing with the big yellow base in back of him a lamp that you’ve posted here?

    • Michael Ely

      Boy, Allee, you’ve got great eyes for things. You don’t miss a thing! Yes, that yellow base (made of old metal parts…it weighs a ton) is the lamp base to a lamp shade I have shared here in the past.