1920’s Majestic Radio Authorized Dealer Display Eagle * Old King Cole Papier Mache Co.
1920’s Majestic Radio Authorized Dealer Display * “Mighty Monarch Of The Air”
In the late 1920’s, Chicago’s Grigsby Grunow Co. began marketing its Majestic Electric radio as the “Mighty Monarch of The Air.”
The Bald Eagle became the company’s mascot, and the Old King Cole Papier Mache Co. of Canton, Ohio (manufacturers of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s glass-eyed Nipper) was enlisted to create a dramatic display for authorized Majestic dealers.
The result was this fairly stunning piece of in-store advertising.
Painted in bold colors, with its subject sitting atop the world, the display is more than 2 feet high (the eagle’s wingspan is 42″) and made entirely of papier mache.
Condition of this example — relative to the few other survivors — is outstanding. There’s rubbing and chipping on the beak, some paint deterioration on the breast, and a repair to the end of the left wing, but the colors and composition are still exceptionally good, and for a century-old store display made of flour-based mache, it’s difficult to top.
Original “Old King Cole” sticker is still present inside the base.
Can be sent to locations in the United States only, and special packaging considerations require a 7-day prep. time between payment and shipping. Door-to-door personal delivery may be available to certain midwest and east coast locations. Please inquire in advance of purchase.