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The dapper image of Mr. Peanut has been one of our country's best known advertising figures since 1916, when it became a trademark of the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The company sponsored a contest to design a logo and the winner was a 14-year old Virginia boy with a drawing of a peanut with arms and legs labeled "Mr. Peanut." The top hat, monocle and cane were added later by a commercial artist.

Planters Peanut collectors look for banks, books, jars, displays, posters, pails, paperweights, dolls, salt & pepper sets, nutcrackers, and other items with the image of Mr. Peanut. This costume complete with cane and gloves sold recently at a Stephenson's auction in Southampton, Pennsylvania, for $885. The body and hat are made of fiberglass.

Find prices of other Planters Peanuts items here, and in Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2010.

Ran on May 4, 2010

Mr. Peanut Costume


#1 Gerie 2010-07-31 20:56
Bought my MR Peanut costume in Lexington Ne several years ago for $25.00. I love it so much, but my grandchildren are kind of afraid of it.

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