Vintage toys: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Thumper, and... Idiot?


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#2

I remember that type of labeling. It’s the same thought process that makes it OK to continue to use “retarded” as if it weren’t as slur.


#3

But while “retarded” is currently a slur, words like “idiot”, “cretin” and “imbecile” are perfectly legitimate insults today despite originally referring to different levels of mental disability. Language moves on.


#4

How is that Thumper? HOW IS THAT THUMPER?


#5

My parents told me about a comic book character called “Denny Dimwit.”


#6

It’s how they used to spell Eisner.


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The “idiot” is an early beta version of Alfred E Newman - a charicature wich was quite commonplace in many different versions during 1900-1950, until Mad Magazine decided to appropriate it, thereby snatching it away from the public domain.


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Idiot masks are apparently still a thing in the UK:

http://www.joke.co.uk/idiot-mask~75282/

Here’s an idiot mask from the 1950s that the seller has linked to Mad’s Alfred E Neuman:

http://www.collectmad.com/collectibles/imask.htm

And here is a “village idiot” mask supposedly being sold by Target and Party City, among other retailers:

http://bid.blacksparrowauctions.com/VILLAGE-IDIOT-John-Fasano-Designed-Latex-Mask_i20635451


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