- Pattern: Olive Oyl and Swee’Pea (Retired)
- Made in: Thailand for Hallmark
- Not Vintage: 1996
- Details: This is a collectible ornament by Hallmark from 1996. It is handcrafted by Robert Chad. The ornament is in its original box, the box is in very good USED condition. It still has its original price tag of $10.95 (approx $18 in today’s dollars). The back of the box reads: “Handcrafted, Sculpted by Robert Chad. Olive Oyl is the ‘sweet patootie’ of Popeye the Sailorman. She was originally the heroine of the Thimble Theatre coming strip, which began in 1919 and revolved around her family. This ‘goil’ (girl) with the slightly fickle heart, fell in love with Popeye 10 years later. As for Swee’Pea, the “infink” (infant), adopted by Popeye, he’d rather eat ice cream than spinach!” This will make a great addition to your own collection, a great gift for a Popeye and Olive Oyl fan, or a vintage cartoon collector.
- Material: Plastic
- Dimensions: The ornament is: Approx. 4.0 inches Tall and 1 5/8 inches Wide. The box measures: 2 1/2 inches Long, 6 inches Tall and 1 3/4 inches Deep.
- Condition: Used. Excellent Condition. There is no damage on the ornament, the box is gently used. Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can’t accept returns. Please remember these are USED items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections.
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Olive Oyl is a cartoon character created by Elzie Crisler Segar (E. C. Segar) in 1919 for his comic strip “Thimble Theatre”. The strip was later renamed “Popeye” after the sailor that became the most popular member of the cast; however, Olive Oyl was a main character for 10 years before Popeye’s 1929 appearance. Unlike most modern damsels in distress, Olive Oyl is tall and skinny, with tightly wound hair and enormous feet. In the cartoons, she helps take care of a baby named Swee’Pea who appears to be Olive Oyl’s cousin or nephew and she has to take care of from time to time.
Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon character also created by Segar. As you probably know, Popeye the sailor is put into what seems like a hopeless situation, but as soon as he eats a can of spinach he gets superhuman strength. Like Popeye, there are times where Olive Oyl gains superhuman strength from eating spinach.
These cartoons and shorts were very popular in the 1930’s through 1957 are now owned by Turner Entertainment and distributed by its sister company Warner Bros. Over the years, Olive Oyl and Popeye have appeared in comic books, television cartoons, arcade and video games, hundreds of advertisements, and other products including cans of spinach and candy cigarettes. About 40 years ago, in 1980, there was a movie directed by Robert Altman with the late Robin Williams as Popeye and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl.