Ceramic (and a Cloth) “Diplodocus”

 

 

In the mid-1950s, ceramic figures like this little Diplodocus were among the relatively small number of dinosaur figures that a kid could buy. I purchased this one for a dollar at the Chicago Natural History Museum (now The Field Museum) gift shop. One of my hobbies was making amateur movies, some of them featuring dinosaurs. I used this ceramic guy in the opening shot of my very first amateur film Diplodocus at Large (1953).

But most of the dinosaur scenes in Diplodocus at Large were handled by this hand-made “Oillie the Dragon” hand pocket (hey, I was only nine years old).