“Purl’s Yarn Emporium”, Wall Street, Asheville, NC
Simple sock monkeys made of men’s red-heeled work socks were popular when I was little. Everybody had a grandma who made them. But look closely at the details of these. This window display takes sock monkeys to a whole new level!
I had no idea such a humble toy would be controversial, but get this:
In 1953, Helen Cooke received the patent for sock monkeys and then sued a man named Stanley Levy because he was selling sock monkeys that were not the same design as hers. He contacted the Nelson Knitting Company hoping that they would declare her patent invalid. One of the most important pieces of evidence the company uncovered was a doll made by a lady named Grace Wingent for her grandson in 1951. Helen caved and settled the case against Levy when she was shown the evidence against her. She sold her sock monkey patent to the Nelson Knitting Company for $750.
“The Impossible Dream” from “Man of LaMancha”