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Slottizoo Cat

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Clifford Richards, born 1934 (designer)
    Michael Stanfield Products (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed card

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.3707:1 to 10-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR113 []

Graphic designer Clifford Richards designed some of the most memorable packaging and printed ephemera of the 1960s. Vibrant, witty and fun, they are an exuberant expression of the Pop Art decade.

Richards designed a number of slot-together animals called Slotizoo for Michael Stanfield Products which were sold through retailers such as Habitat. They were very popular and the first series, which included a cat, panda, dragon and owl (others at E.3705-2004 and E.3707-2004), supplimented by a set caricaturing famous politicians in about 1967 (two of which are at E.3706-2004 and E.3708-2004), was joined later in 1968 by an elephant, two lovebirds and a white rabbit.

Physical description

Unassembled yellow toy cat made from card. With instructions on how to assemble.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Clifford Richards, born 1934 (designer)
Michael Stanfield Products (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed card

Marks and inscriptions

'Slot-together-yourself animals designed by Cliff Richards'
front

'2 / SLOTTIZOO / CAT'
front

[assembly instructions]
reverse

Descriptive line

'Slottizoo Cat', slot-together-yourself toy cat designed by Clifford Richards, 1960s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Products, interiors, events, ideas. Design. 1967, no. 228. pp.56.
Products, interiors, events, ideas. Design. 1968, no. 235. pp.66.

Materials

Card; Ink

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Cats

Categories

Prints; Children & Childhood

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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