Limited Signature Edition
B/377 - Bozo the Clown
(© Larry Harmon Pictures Corp, 1984)
Limited to 1000 Sets - Issued in 1984
The doll shown here is Prototype no 1.
The first 1000 dolls produced comprised a Signature Edition. Each such doll had a Limited edition sew-in label, (see below), and included a Certificate of Authenticity
Although in one sense this doll was a “Portrait” model, it was drawn from the “B” (British Traditional / British Pageant) series. After 1984, Bozo was still available, but was no longer a Signature Edition doll.
Bozo the Clown started life as a character in a series of book and record sets intended to help children learn to read. This highly innovative idea led to the clown having his first TV appearance in 1949.
In 1956, Larry Harmon, (one of a number of actors who had played Bozo in various locations and venues), along with several partners, bought most of the rights to the character.
Harmon franchised Bozo, so that TV stations across America could all have their own local “Bozo”, starring in their own shows. Bozo also starred in comic books and cartoons.
The last ever televised episode, titled "Bozo: 40 Years of Fun!", was shown on WGN TV (Chicago, USA), as a prime-time special on July 14, 2001.
The term “Bozo” was an American slang expression for someone with no brains – Its use preceded the arrival of the clown, and was undoubtedly popularized by him