I've never had a bug jug, but it reminds me of the rolie-polie playgrounds I had when I was 6 or 7. I used to get them from Hobby Lobby and flip over all the rocks in my backyard to find bugs to put in them. Heres a picture of one from the internet, i'm not sure where my old ones are.
trehopr1, a veritable antique. Neat you still have something like that, I don't know how many I had as a kid. Pretty cool, authentic plastic plant, scientifically designed air holes. The best part is the picture of the butterfly about to fly into the thing. Possibly, now, a dangerous toy. Not like the electric toys with ovens we had as kids...burning your fingers will teach you something.
Now I want one. I stopped what I was doing and checked Ebay, yours could be a rarity. I found everything from volkswagen parts, Star Wars toys, silk..bottoms. How you get Star Wars from Empire Bug Keeper?? I know episode V, but really. No Empire Bug Keeper. That's what makes things rare, all mine were broken or thrown away.
Growing up in the City of Cleveland, Ohio, along the shores of Lake Erie, there were many places to collect insects. However, some of the best places to collect were 15 or 20 miles from home. We rode bicycle.
I was a junior in High School when I got my first car (1952 Ford Fairlane). It opened a whole new area to collect. My last summer in High School I collected all over northern Ohio and into Eastern Kentucky. I still have some specimens in my collection from those early years of collecting. I still have several Graphium Marcellus (Zebra Swallowtail) Papilio cresphontes (Giant Swallowtails) and Polites mystic were considered real rarities in North East Ohio.
Trehopr1 - Thanks for the 'blast from the past' - I had a few of these in my early days and had totally forgotten about them! I think I had the same haircut as that kind on the label too!
Kevinkk - and thank you too for reminding me of the "Creepy Crawlers" and "Incredible Edibles" machines! Gritty homemade candies that tasted like something halfway between a gumdrop and a gummy bear. There was also a machine that made rubberized plastic soldiers - as my brother and I got into our early teens, we used the plastic mix in the Creepy Crawler molds to make our own fishing lures... fun times!!!
And I agree - those things got really hot, and I doubt they'd make it past the safety standards for toys these days. But back then, I also remember riding around in my grandfather's VW beetle, laying on that scratchy upholstery behind the back seat under the back window - I must have only been 4 or 5 at the time - I don't think there even were seatbelts in the car, and no child seats... and we managed to live through it all!!
I remember building plastic models of bugs. Revell had a kit called "Butterflies of the World", which featured a monarch, a giant swallowtail, and a luna moth. It came with pretty accurate decals that covered the plastic wings. I also remember building a plastic model of a stag beetle. It was about 8 or 10 inches long.
Aurora also made a Butterflies of the world kit, sounds identical to the Revell. Electric toys- also the Mattel Strange Change Machine where you can put molded plastic squares in a "time chamber" and they unfold into dinosaurs, and other creatures, Topper Toys made the most difficult one- the Motorized Monster Maker, where you use plastigoop in a mold and can assemble a walking toy of different monsters. I've got them all, old toys are my other hobby, and there is a devoted following, like there is for any other interest, and all those goops can still be purchased. The Mattel Thingmaker, had a variety of mold groups, including soldiers, bugs, superheros.. Lots of old things, gone but not forgotten, when play was a bit different, when the sun was shining, outside, when it rained, inside, unless you liked splashing in puddles. Well, Empire Toys Bug Keeper is now in my saved Ebay searches.
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2020 14:10:32 GMT -8 by kevinkk
I think you're right, Kevinkk. It was Aurora, not Revell, that made the "Butterflies of the World" kit.
I'm sure Aurora made one, because I've seen them listed on Ebay, and they're in my book of Aurora kits, however, you may be right as well, many model kit companies made copies of Aurora kits using the same molds, there's a lot of interesting information kit collectors know about concerning Aurora, it's demise and what became of the original molds. In fact- copies are still being made of the old kits, I've got a number of them, and a lot of originals, but if you want to build one, it's cheaper to build a copy. There's a lot of money hidden away in attics, barns, basements and closets. Just by chance, I found out that there is a market for vintage firecrackers, complete and just the artwork, my Dad had a dozen or so packs of "Santa Claus" crackers from the 40's, and there is an interesting story about why they're called that. Anyway, for a number of July 4rths, we lit a package or 2- boomity boom. Then, I found out they were valuable, I sold with a little work, because it's prohibited, the remaining packs for 400.00 bucks each. I have a similar story about military memorabilia, I got an amazing amount of money for something that sat in a box since 1944, that meant little to us, or anyone but the person who bought it, and it went to a very appreciative person, who researched the item and passed along his findings to me. Check your old boxes, you never know.