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Adler Favor & Novelty Co.
St. Louis, MO
1916 – 1960

 

History

 

   

 

Stella Adler began making paper dolls and a sales person happened to stumble upon her doll party favors and thought he could sell them.  When she got an order later for $300 she realized this was actually a business and began to do business as Adler Favor & Novelty Co. in 1916.  Seeing the potential, her husband quit his job to support the new business.  They sold primarily paper dolls but also added many other party favors, art supplies and novelty items to their lines.  In the holiday season of 1922 they introduced their Funny Face line of crayons which included six crayons decorated like babies or clowns.  They closed in 1943 because the war forbade the use of paper except for the war effort. But they managed to reopen after the war and struggled along until at least 1960. There are no references after 1960 though.  And thanks to fellow collector, Gabriel Armstrong, I now have two crayon products to show here.  Gabriel found the second variation and also a reference to a 1926 catalog from Adler Favor.

 

These are from the AFN0002 box.  They appear to be the clown set.

 

 

 

 

As Gabriel pointed out to me, you can clearly see that in this 1926 catalog they may have had the same box for all of their crayons (AFN0001) but they actually had four different themes to the crayons:  clowns, babies, bunnies and “Mr. & Mrs”.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Funny Face

AFN0001

LID

6

6

Blue

Woman in Frame

Long Y

1922-1929

9

$50

Funny Face

AFN0002

LID

6

6

White

Text only

Large F & C

1930s

9

$40

 

Photos

 

 

Funny Face - 8 colors.jpg

 

AFN0001

AFN0002