I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw a collection of Snuggle Pups and Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home.
I must find one. Or three. Or six.
Creation of the Snuggle Pups
Frank W. Hopkins created the snuggle pups. He was a cartoonist. Hopkins’ cartoons about “Scoop, the Cub Reporter” debuted in 1912 and were published in newspapers around the country. His company “Hop Service Inc.,” created “Sales Promotional Ideas.”
Mr. Hopkins introduced “Snuggle Pups” as a sales promotional idea in 1922. They quickly gained popularity. Companies used them as enticements to gain membership, circulation, and readership.
Modern Stationer Serving the Office Products Dealer, Volume 5 (1922).
What they were
Snuggle Pups were made in three different compositions. One was a kind of plaster. Another was wood. Most were made of “smelter metal” 1.
Snuggle Pups had hollow interiors, and their heads were removable. They could be used to store small items, hold pencils, or whatever else your imagination could conjure up.
The Snuggle Pup family
There were eight in the Snuggle Pup family: “Daddy Dumbbell” and “Mother Snuggle” and their six children: Vamp, Jazz, Lucky, Snuggle, Dumbbell and Cuddle. Vamp was the only girl; the others were boys. Joe owns all but the elusive Mother Snuggle.
Mon, Jun 23, 1924 – 10 · The Marion Star (Marion, Marion, Ohio, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
How the Snuggle pups were promoted
Newspapers held contests for which Snuggle Pups were awarded. There were Snuggle Pup contests, mazes and puzzles, and Snuggle Pup movie promotions. There were Snuggle Pup dances, “frolics,” and events.
Mon, May 5, 1924 – 10 · The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Wed, Apr 2, 1924 – 19 · The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Tue, Aug 5, 1924 – Page 1 · The Huntington Press (Huntington, Huntington, Indiana) · Newspapers.com
First graders in Georgia formed a “Snuggle Pup” club.
Soda Fountains had “Snuggle Pup” refreshments.
The Snuggle pup song
Joe found the sheet music. His friend, musician John Pugh, played, sang, and taped it for Joe. Sweet!
Snuggle pup events and stories
Stories were told about the Snuggle Pups. As the story goes, they were naughty pups. Each Snuggle Pup had its own distinctive personality.
Sat, Jan 5, 1924 – Page 14 · The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Tue, Feb 19, 1924 – Page 11 · The Evening Journal (Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware) · Newspapers.com
Sun, Aug 17, 1924 – Page 10 · The Huntington Press (Huntington, Huntington, Indiana) · Newspapers.com
Thu, Apr 10, 1924 – 15 · The Tampa Times (Tampa, Florida, United States of America) · Newspapers.com
Wood Snuggle Pups were a frequent companion for “flappers” in Chicago – “thousands” carried them.
I am now officially on the hunt.
- Joe informed me that “[t]he majority of the Snuggle Pups were made of something called smelter metal, pot metal, or white metal. All names for the same thing, which is mostly zinc.”
- My search revealed over 1000 newspaper articles about Snuggle Pups. Some concerned a picnic delicacy of the 1960s involving hotdogs and stuffing mix. Others from the mid-late 1920s concerned a ladies purse called a “Snuggle Pup” that was made to look like a dog, Most, however, involved the sweet Snuggle Pups with which we are concerned in this article.