About a month ago I found this little sweetheart at a Goodwill store, preserved by a former owner in layers of plastic wrap. I didn't have much hope for her and put her in the coat closet. Finding her this evening was like getting a holiday present for myself.
She has a sweet little expression and is in very good shape. The star behind her is a very heavy duty foil, or even lightweight aluminum. Whatever the metal, the edges would easily cut a finger so it's best to be kept out of reach of childrens hands.
She was made by Mirostar Products, Inc. in Paterson, N.J. many years ago. I'm not sure they are still around. (I couldn't find them using Anywho.com.) But the special part is the price sticker on the back of the package. She was purchased at a W. T. Grant Company store for $1.59. We had a Grants and a Woolworths in our town many years ago. Grants left and Woolworths grew. (I eventually worked there in high school.) Seeing that price sticker brought back the memory of creaky wooden floors and all sorts of plain boxes, and clerks who could find anything you needed in those boxes marked only with cryptic numbers written in pencil on a corner.
Yes, Underwriters Laboratories would be very pleased to know that she still works, the wires are in good condition and the light is bright. But I don't think I'll tempt fate. She will set in a very good place, with her bright eyes.
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