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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Number 500

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In 1983 Herb Danziger, did a very interesting study on the Corkscrews of the Syracuse Ornamental Company CIRCA 1940-1950. The company developed "Syroco Wood" which was a composite of wood powder and resin used to produce a number of desirable corkscrews and openers. The corkscrews produced in full figure included a waiter, a man in top hat (above), a monk, a clown, an Indian and a Golden Knight. Other figures without a base included a police dog, a scotty dog, a bulldog, a laughing man, a terrier and a Pickwick figure.

Many of the figures were produced with both painted and walnut stained finishes. The figures were referred to in Syroco catalogs as "Old Codger," "Codger" and "Topper." Although these were produced well after Prohibition, I believe they have some foundation in the cartoon character of Kirby.

Stained Figures

Advertising "Socony - Vaccum

Old Codger Lux Clock

Old Codger Bar Towel Holder

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Andrew Volstead
The Facts
Schuchardt's Patent
Demley & More
Flauder Patent
Bridgewater Patent
Syroco - Old Codger
Openers Plus
Death of a Puppet
Kirby Conclusion
The Drys

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