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Bizarre Hand-Painted Walter Lantz Pins Found at Parisian Flea Market

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At a flea market in Paris, I discovered this irresistibly awful set of dead-stock pins featuring Walter Lantz characters. Some of the vintage pins feature the studio’s stars (Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy), but there are also some quite obscure characters who must have been more popular at one time (Homer Pigeon anyone?). The hand-painting makes these pins unique, and in some cases, nearly unidentifiable, such as Space Mouse whose space suit and body are painted as a single solid color. So, if any Walter Lantz fans—does such a thing exist?–find themselves at a Paris flea market, keep your eyes open for these.

Woody Woodpecker
Andy Panda
Chilly Willy
Gabby Gator
Homer Pigeon
Space Mouse
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  • Elana Pritchard

    Whoa, those sure are some crazy pins.

  • “Slow news day” I guess when it comes to finding token flea market items based on cartoons that nobody remembers from eons ago, there are worse. Call me when you find merchandise from the Puppettoon series.

  • Jonathan Wilson

    Well, at least they got Chilly Willy’s color scheme down….sorta?
    That Woody reminds me of those chickens from Aardman’s “Chicken Run”.