Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Good Luck of the Billiken!

I thought to celebrate the New Year it would be fun to share with you two postcards from my collection that feature a curious character called the Billiken , a strange little character that art teacher, Florence Pretz of St.Louis, MO, saw in a dream. He is considered good luck if you buy his likeness or even better luck if he is given to you as a gift. I love that this artist/illustrator shared this little guy with the world in the early 1900's.

The Billiken says:
"I am the God of Luckiness,
  Observe my twinkling eye-
Success is sure to follow those
  Who keep me close by;
I make men fat and healthy
   Who were quarrelsome and thin;
I am the God of Luckiness,
  My name is Billiken."

Wishing you the Luck of the Billiken in 2011! xoxo


Kai said...

THAT'S WONDERFUL! I love him! And tho' I am DEFINITELY not 'spam', I think 'Snookums' is about the cutest lil' thing I ever saw, so MAYBE if I PRETEND to be spam, you'd send him over anyway? LOL! Thank you for sharing Billiken! We can ALL use a God of Good Luck!

JoAnne said...

I love the Billiken Kim! Love your new header too!

Ann said...

Never heard of Billiken..I think he's wonderful! We all need good luck!! Happy New Year Kim!

Birgit said...
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Cecilia e Helena said...

How lovely, Kim! Thanks for sharing this story with us!