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Collecting Planters Mr. Peanut The Escalating Collection of Dave and Marge Hansen " By Mike Lakin - Times Photos Most people are familiar with Mr. Peanut from TV commercials, but for the first perhaps 80 years or so that the business existed Mr. Peanut was found on almost anything that a person could use. And this I was not aware of so much until I visited with Dave and Marge Hansen and was introduced to the wide world of Mr. Peanut. As with most hobbies, Dave and Marge started collecting Mr. Peanut items quite innocently. Marge's mother had a large jar (below) that was originally a Mr. Peanut promotional. It first sat on a counter in Marge's dad's filling station. When her dad retired from the business the jar moved to the kitchen and was used for kitchen like items like the little wire ties that every kitchen has. Eventually Dave and Marge received it. One day, while in an antique store, they noticed some Mr. Peanut serving dishes (right); thinking that would be a nice addition to that jar - they bought them. Dave said later they came across Mr. Peanut serving spoons and they thought - it's a nice addition to the jar and those plates. And from there, Dave said their collection escalated. Escalated, that's the way to look at what Dave and Marge have because unless you see it there is no way you can comprehend what happens when an hobby escalates. When the Mr. Peanut Company was an independent company before being bought-out by a conglomeration of some type, they worked really hard to get their name out in front of people. You can look at the pictures aaid you can see that they found a place to put their logo everywhere. Even Dave says he is amazed at the amount of items that carry the Mr. Peanut logo and the sponsorships they were able to find. If there was a national event, you could find something with Mr. Peanut's logo on a souvenir related to that event. One thing that was interesting was the gambling punchboard where the prize was of course.., a peanut. Now these things were not considered gambling because you didn't win money you won peanuts. Dave said that the one thing about Mr. Peanut is it there's a lot of collectors out there looking for all types of things with Mr. Peanut on it. Now I know this seems ridiculously insignificant, but one of the fascinating things that Dave and Marge have in their Collection is an unopened can of peanuts from, think it was 1938. Now it's important that that can never be opened from a collector's standpoint, but I'd sure like to know if those peanuts taste like peanuts and if today's Mr. Peanut's, peanuts taste like they did in 1938. Just one of those questions that will remain forever unanswered. Explore the world of Mr. Peanut on the following pages... w D Go 10 0 i.a 1l o