Vintage KANSAS JAYHAWKS Figurine c. 1923-1929 rare yes
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Album Wave the wheat , KU fans, this is one you probably won't have seen: it's likely from the 1920s--I'm basing that on the University of Kansas athletic homepage's Traditions/"The History of the Jayhawk" link; his appearance fits the mascot's 1923-1929 incarnation--so this little Jayhawk's even older than the 1940s-era figurine my she-moved-to-Lawrence-in-1895-in-a-covered-wagon grandmother left me (my great-grandparents are buried in Lawrence, thank you for asking). This little customer is made, I believe, out of cast iron, and then was most likely handpainted and sold in the campus bookstore, way back when life on campus was roaring with flappers, cloche hats, raccoon coats, and bootleg gin. To give you a bit of an idea of how old this is, let's say it was made in 1926; now, a KU freshman traipsing up and down Mt. Oread, eighteen years young in '26, would, by Christmas 2008, be 100 years old!! As this little Jayhawk will be within only 20 years. This Lucky Jayhawk--for KU figurines are always thus dubbed--arrived in our household via a lucky thrift store find in San Antonio, about a month before (can you guess....wait for it....) our Jayhawks won the national title, right in S.