Video will open in a new window. Unique Jiggs clockwork bumper car with lithography in the style of the original Jiggs and Maggie cartoon. The bull dog is seen on the other Maggie and Jiggs Einfalt clockwork push pull toy and in the cartoon strips exactly as he appears here.. Several books mention that there are only 2 versions of this toy.
One with Jiggs and one with Harold Lloyd in the bumper car - the Harold Loyd version supposedly more scarce. Crucially though both are supposed to have the same embossed yellow and red horses on the back of the bumper car. This one is different - it has much more lithography with cartoons exactly as they appear in Maggie and Jiggs cartoons some time after 1917.
It is marked Germany DRGM. An incredible find and a must have for those that regularly pay many thousands for the more abundant versions of the toy (which also do not have the bright and attractive patterned attire of Jiggs seen here and period race car and train heading for a collision). It is a much more colorful and showy version of the toy and the only one known. Unique Einfalt Jiggs Harold Lloyd clockwork windup bumper car Gunthermann Bing.
As seen in the video, the motor works - I'm not going to wind it too much - I think its supposed to bump against things and the spring on the front combined with the Jockey wheel spin it around when it bumps, however I'm not going to bump it into anything, just run it along a flat surface. Unique'Jiggs' clockwork bumper car with lithographed cartoons in the manner of the original Jiggs and Maggie cartoons. The short squat, spotty / patched, three toed bull dog with whiskers drawn as dots, stubby tail and ears - on the front of the bumper car. Is seen on the other Maggie and Jiggs Einfalt clockwork'push pull' clockwork toy (shown very bottom of advert - again in 2 variations) and in the Jiggs and Maggie cartoon strips - All of the lithography, like Jiggs himself, is in the form of a cartoon, exactly in the style of the Jiggs and Maggie cartoon strips.This version of the toy therefore gives strong support to the idea that the toy is by Einfalt as the Maggie and Jigs -'push - pull' toy made by Einfalt - and made by permission of the King Features Syndicate - uses an exactly similar dog to the one appearing here. Some sources suggested that the toy was by Gunthermann but I think this version with the spotty / patch type bull dog supplies evidence against this. One with Jiggs and one with Harold Lloyd in the bumper car - the Harold Lloyd version supposedly more scarce. (both shown in the second picture above and at the very bottom of the listing) - Crucially though - both are supposed to have the same embossed yellow and red horses or lions on the back of the bumper car as shown. Those book will have to be re-written in future editions because this one is different and is thus a third type unrecorded in the same books, although using the same tooling in manufacture, - it has much more detailed lithography and more significantly the litho is in the form of cartoons, which are more associated with Jiggs than the esoteric arty patterns on the other version of the toy - In addition Jiggs himself on this toy is very brightly patterned, and there are numerous cartoon characters including animals, birds, a period race car and train exactly as they appear in Maggie and Jiggs cartoons some time after 1917.
More colorful and in the style of Jiggs and Maggie , the bright colors and detailed lithography - even including the padding on the seat and pattern floor of the car, leave both of the other versions of this toy in the shade and make them look dull and static by the comparison. I'm sure this toy will go on to surpass records.It would actually display well and contrast with those versions - contrast and'collide' with them. It is marked Made In Germany DRGM. I think the other dog pictured with a red balloon tied round its neck is possibly supposed to be a colored and fleshed out version of Jiggs' dog'FiFi' (pointed up ears - big oval eyes and long pointed nose), perhaps from a time when the cartoon was black and white. An incredible find and a must have for those that regularly pay record prices for the more abundant and duller versions of the toy (which also do not have the bright and attractive patterned dapper attire of Jiggs seen here and period race car and train heading for a collision).
The dynamism of Jiggs and the bumper car with Jiggs hat being knocked off is continued throughout the lithography with birds flying, collisions and animations of all the subjects who also, as well as being cartoons themselves, all demonstrate humor and a personality like Jiggs himself. Notice also the dark buttons on Jiggs white'spats' - a common detail / combination footwear seen on Jiggs in his black and white cartoons. That is not so obvious in the other version of the toy. All of the life in this version of the toy is lacking in the other two versions.Above all Jiggs was conceived as a cartoon character and in this toy he is surrounded by and a part of a cartoon, I think separating it from the other version of the toy which is more esoteric. I wonder if this was the original version of the toy but may have been changed for legal reasons to a version less like the cartoon strip? Or conversely the more detailed lithography with more colors would have been more expensive and time consuming to produce than the two versions of the toy with the embossed pattern on the back of the bumper car and the trimmed down color scheme, - suggesting this to having been produced earlier. The lithography on this one also uses larger cruder more easily visible dots in the lithography than the others also suggesting an earlier production.
The plain seat and floor of the other versions suggests them to be the result at least in part of a cost cutting exercise in manufacture. There is some rust but not so much as to spoil the look and some time / play related distortions - there is a slight gap at the top of the two halves of Jiggs where he is not as tight as he should be - but the tab which secures the the halves more tightly is still present but I'm not going to fiddle with it to to close the tab in case I damage it (one or two spots of rain fell whilst I was taking the photos and appear on the toy in some photos - which I obviously I dried off pronto). Interestingly there are also two versions of the Jiggs and Maggie push-pull toy and the differences between those two versions - mirrors the difference between this version and the two other bumper cars.
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