Humphrey B. Bear porridge bowl,
made in Australia 1983
This is a porridge bowl: featuring Humphrey B. Bear; star of the Here’s Humphrey! television show since 1965.
Humphrey is a partially clothed bear [famously- he wears a hat, waistcoat, collar and tie, but no pants] – who cannot speak. So- each show in the Magic Forest is narrated. Humphrey just has to gesticulate and wildly nod his head to enact his part. But- again- famously- the costume is so heavy that the actor playing Humphrey is actually a trained dancer.
Humphrey is now ‘heritage listed’ and a ‘national icon’. He has won a couple of Logies.
All without speaking a word. Maybe- just maybe- that is the secret to his success. There are many Humphrey B Bear collectors out there.
This porridge bowl, by Thomas Trent [backstamp c.1983] is in great vintage condition, and is for sale: $AU15