Thursday, May 31, 2012

100 Things: #5 The Billikin

This odd little guy is made from the tip of an ivory tusk.  Isn't he cute, in an ugly way?  He was acquired in the early 1960's when my father was stationed on Kodiak Island, Alaska.  I suppose these might not even be legal anymore, being made of ivory...

If I remember correctly, my mother told me he was a "billikin"; although when I looked up the word just now, it isn't even in the dictionary.  If you rub his tummy, it is good luck   :)

The original sticker is still there ---- it says "Genuine Ivory, Eskimo Made".

And here are a few pix of a tree in the post office parking lot --- don't know what kind it is (maple?) but just thought it was stately and lovely:

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