The American company was founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher and Irving Price – and they chiefly designed and manufactured toys for young children.
This particular toy – Little Snoopy – first appeared in the 1960’s. It is a wooden 3D model of a brown and white beagle-type dog on red plastic wheels, designed to be pulled along by toddlers taking their first steps. The charm of the toy derives from a number of features built into its design: the wheels are slightly off-centre so that Snoopy wobbles as he moves along; his upright tail is made of a spring so that it too “wags” while being pulled along; there is a mechanism which produces a “yip yip” sound as if he is enjoying his walk; and this particular model features a yellow wooden slipper hanging off the pulling cord as if he has mischievously stolen one from his master/mistress and is running off with it.
His face has been painted so that he looks as if he is looking up toward his handler and smiling – making him particularly appealing to a child. The ears are also articulated so that they swing back and forth as he moves.
This model features the serial number 693 – which dates him to the early 1960’s. The more modern versions have replaced many of the wooden parts with plastic ones – and are missing the dangling slipper.
The Fisher Price Toy Company is still doing business today, and Little Snoopy is still one of its best sellers.