Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater (Apr, 1940)

That is a distinctly chunky Olive Oyl.

Checking some online auction sites there are apparently three of these sets in existence that go from collection to collection.

The figures are known as ramp walkers (or incline walkers). (Charlie’s Loyal Minions)

Toy Actors Strut Stage in “Mystery” Theater

In a “mystery” toy theater, comic figures made of wood walk either forward or backward across the stage, without the benefit | of winding or mechanism of any kind. The actors also perform as well outside the theater, on any inclined board, for the secret of their ability is that they move by gravity. Standing five and a half inches high, they are modeled and hand-painted to represent familiar comic-strip characters.

3 comments
  1. G. L. Tyrebyter says: February 17, 20121:18 am

    Wow! they move by gravity. Hmmm They move down hill. Amazing. I guess they work on Fudd’s first law of opposition – “If you push something hard enough, it will fall over”

  2. Jayessell says: February 17, 20129:01 am

    Wacky Walkers?

    In the mid 80s my workplace had a ramp and a rickety wooden ladder.
    It was able to wobble from the top of the ramp to the bottom.

  3. toys walk says: February 19, 20129:31 pm

    I know of at least a few more than 3 of these sets that are still around but they don’t show up very often. Unfortunately I don’t have one yet!

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