Hello and welcome to our website. We are Mardi and Stan Timm, novelty historians and we have the largest collection of novelties in the world.

Together we are writing two books; one on Johnson Smith and Company, a novelty catalog company that has been in business in the United States since 1914; and one on H. Fishlove, a great novelty company and a Johnson Smith supplier. They created such well known novelties as Yakity-Yak the talking teeth, Spectaculars the huge sun glasses, and much more.

Please feel free to contact us for more information about these wonderful companies. We intend to have our books completed in ebook format this fall. Watch for these offerings.

Please browse our website and enjoy it. We hope you will have some fun and maybe even learn something.


4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Estela Marroquin says:

    Hello, I found 4 cocktail glasses at a Goodwill that have 1950’s ladies dressed but under the clothing you can see pantaloons on one and other garments such as shorts below the initial clothing. I think it is the kind you put water and the first layer disappears but they do not appear to be nude. Stamped at the bottom of each glass appears to be a triangle with what looks like an “F” inside but it is small. I wonder if these are collectible. They appear to be in nice condition and cost about $1.99 each. I wondered if they were a part of H. Fishlove & C.

    Thanks for your comments.


    • I don’t know what those glasses are. The triangle with the F inside is probably the manufacturer of the actual glass, which would be Foster Forbes. There probably isn’t much of a market for these, but you could try selling them on eBay and see what happens.

  2. Gene Ozella says:

    I have what is called Battling Pals. It is a donkey and a elephant in a match box sizes box. It is excellent condition and I would lioke to know if it has any value. It is dated 1946 and has a number 772. Any info you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Many of these little magnetic novelties were manufactured by Fishlove. They took the little Alnico magnets that they used for Tricky Dogs and used them for all different little battling figures. You have a nice set. The value is very difficult to say. It really depends on who wants them. These items come up on eBay often and usually don’t fetch much. You could try looking there to see what has been offered and what the price is. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. Good luck with it.

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