Mickey Mouse 1937 Belt Buckle

Here’s some stuff from yesterday:

These French books were on the corner of Gilford and Drolet. Hope someone got them!

I came across this bunch of food on Mont-Royal and St Dominique. There were two whole boxes full of cut carrots, and a bunch of candy. The jelly beans were still good (I ate a couple), but the others were pretty stiff. It’s a shame to throw away good canned food though. I was going to come back later and stash them away, but never found the time.

I came across an interesting looking “doohickey” in the small box in the center right…

I don’t know what it is, but it looked clean and I’m always intrigued by mystery so I took it. It’s pretty heavy. Does anyone have an idea what it could be? The two parts (circuit board looking thing and other thing) are separate).


I salvaged a couple of coins and two new containers of tennis balls from a place on Waverly.

Now I’m back to the place (St Urbain / Clermont) I’ve been going to for weeks now. The older lady who lived there passed on a year or so ago, and according to people I’ve talked to while looking there she never threw anything out.

This is a tin with the Lion’s Club logo. The Lion’s Club began in 1917. It was started by Melvin Jones, a businessman with a charitable streak in him, who convinced some other business folk to take an active role in community service.

According to the Lions website: “He soon joined the Business Circle, a businessmen’s luncheon group, and was shortly elected secretary. This group was one of many at that time devoted solely to promoting the financial interests of their membership. Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear. Melvin Jones, then a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, had other plans.

‘What if these men,’ Melvin Jones asked, “who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?” Thus, at his invitation, delegates from men’s clubs met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for such an organization and on June 7, 1917, Lions Clubs International was born”.

Speaking of history, this unopened jello is pretty ancient. I also got a jar of Cheez Whiz – expiry date 1988. I may try and make one of these, and perhaps open the jar of Cheez Whiz, just to see. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

I found one of those glass balls that refract light in cool patterns. I’ll probably set this up somewhere at home.

Two silver plate spoons, one of the decorative variety (from Atlantic City) and one of the usable variety. There’s a shovel bottle opener and a little (cheese?) knife as well.

More odds and ends. I kind of like the police boat toy.


An old Coty “Emeraude” beauty powder. There’s still some in there (smells pretty nice too!). Some people are trying to sell it, so I might as well. It’s a really lovely box at the least.

A couple of mugs. I kind of like the design on the left (marked Japan, with a sticker saying it’s from Levco Montreal). The right one is from Romania.

A nice vintage change-purse.

And now for Mickey. I found this belt buckle attached to a mildew-y old leather belt (which I’ve since gotten the mildew off – it’s a got an interesting design on it itself!). The front says “Mickey Mouse 1937 Hollywood Cal. USA” and the reverse says “Sunrubber Co. USA” “A Disney Prod.” and “California U.S.A”. Mickey mouse was only nine years old at the time, and apparently this was made before a redesign that hid his tail to make him look more human (source: link below).

More or less the same belt buckle sold for 650 bucks at The Pop Top Shop. (See link also for a short look at the history behind this piece). I don’t expect to make nearly that much, as there’s definitely a benefit to having a well-established online store and mines a bit more dinged up, but it’s definitely worth a little bit, assuming it cleans up alright.

Now, what’s the best way to clean off that blue stuff? And what is that blue stuff?

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2 thoughts on “Mickey Mouse 1937 Belt Buckle

  1. Rob says:

    I had that exact police boat toy as a kid. IN ENGLAND. Mass production is weird.

    As for the mystery doohickey. It’s clearly the flux capacitor for a time machine. Doy.

  2. Great post! I like all the nuggets of information you’re putting in now. Really adds to the enjoyment factor.

    I have no notion about your electrical doohickey. I’m guessing some kind of modern magneto. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magneto I think Rob might have it right. 🙂 Dave or Thea might have a notion.

    You’re getting quite a collection of foreign money.

    Tennis balls. Put a couple in a pair of old socks (I know you likely have one or ten of these around the place) and put them in the dryer when you’re drying your clothes (fluffs up & speeds drying). Here are other uses for tennis balls: http://lifehackery.com/2008/03/22/50-great-things-you-never-knew-you-could-do-with-tennis-balls/

    Lions Club memorabilia on eBay:
    http://stores.ebay.com/DAWNS-ANTIQUES-AND-MORE/Vintage-Lions-Club-Memorabilia-/_i.html?_fsub=404119019
    Vintage collectibles (Fraternal groups):
    http://collectibles.rubylane.com/collectibles/,c=Vintage_Collectibles_Fraternal_Groups,id=31.html

    You might find somebody who’ll take an interest in your vintage Jell-o boxes in the links on this website: http://joysofjello.blogspot.ca/2010/02/vintage-jell-o-boxes.html I seem to remember hearing that they’re worth more unopened.

    Your glass balls might be part of a chandelier.

    That shovel bottle opener is curious. For grave diggers, maybe. 🙂 The knife looks like it has a horn handle. Shine up the silver plate; somebody may be interested in them.

    Is that clay turtle thingie joined by the chain to that other curious segmented gizmo?

    The cross looks like stained glass, but it’s hard to tell from the photo. You’ll likely find a lot of vintage Roman Catholic items in Montreal, and some of them will have value. See: http://collectibles.rubylane.com/collectibles/,c=Vintage_Collectibles_Religious,id=67.html

    Here’s a Coty face powder box similar to yours. Asking price $25.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/103946364/1930s-coty-air-spun-powder-box-with-hand

    That’s a sweet little change purse. I found lots of beaded ones online, but none with such large beads. What’s the interior like? Are the metal parts base metal, or silver? You need to invest in a good magnifying glass to catch any markings that light be hidden on small things.

    That Mickey Mouse belt buckle is a nice find. Here’s an easy way to clean brass: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-brass-with-lemon-141104

    Here’s an interesting (Vintage Advertising) site you may want to hold on to as a possible future reference: http://pzrservices.typepad.com/vintageadvertising/vintage_product_packaging/

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