Kewpies on parade

first_imgThe Kewpies range in size – from 1 to 24 inches – and materials such as bisque, celluloid and vinyl. They come in several different characters, such as a bride and groom, police officer, prisoner, Lil’ Bo Peep, Sleeping Beauty, a soldier and an Olympian. Their distinctive look includes star fingers, a round head with a topknot of hair, and large eyes that look to the side. But the time has come for the Merriams to share their collection with others. “I liked them because they are happy,” Debbie Merriam said. “They smile, have big eyes and a little, chubby tummy.” The Merriams’ appreciation for the Kewpies started when their daughter had to go to the hospital for surgery. The couple bought her a small vinyl Kewpie doll and she carried it with her to the operating room. After that, Debbie Merriam saw a composite Kewpie she liked and bought it for herself. They soon found themselves “eyeballing every store for the pleasant doll,” Bill Merriam said. The Merriams realized that – like the rest of the world – they, too, were hooked by the charming icon. The Merriams’ entire collection of Kewpie dolls and toys is up for sale, but there is one item Bill Merriam said he will not part with – a large doll with a cloth body and plastic head. Bill Merriam said he has been talking to people in Tokyo, where the doll is also popular, and a local antiques dealer. But he wanted to allow anyone interested in the vintage doll to have a chance at buying one. “There are some things that just stay in the collection,” Bill Merriam said. The Merriams can be reached by calling (909) 985-4748. Staff Writer Lori Consalvo can be reached by e-mail at, or by phone at (909) 483-9391. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UPLAND The sight of a hundred Kewpie dolls could trigger a range of emotions in people – from a sense of nostalgia to fear. But the image is a mixture of business and pleasure for Bill and Debbie Merriam. “If a guy’s got to play with dolls, I would rather play with a Kewpie than anything else on the market,” Bill Merriam, 75, said of the dolls designed by Rose O’Neill that date back to 1913. The Merriams have made a living for years as antiques dealers. And after more than 20 years of collecting Kewpies, they’re finally ready to part with the dolls. “I’ve got so many of them and my children are not real interested in them,” said Debbie Merriam, 70. “We have had them for so many years. We need to paint (the front room) and recarpet and get a new sofa.” Their asking prices range from $25 for a reproduction of a small doll to $900 for their most valuable figure, a black Kewpie, also known as a “Hot and Tot.” The Merriams have acquired a large collection of the Kewpies as well as other merchandise fashioned after the doll. The merchandise includes board games, books, clocks, dishes, lamps, puzzles, telephones and quilts. “They have a certain amount of innocence,” Bill Merriam said. “They wrote songs and books about the dolls. Kewpie was in the comics.” last_img read more

Surgical Sutures Market Is Expected to Grasp 5255 Mn by 2022

first_imgGlobal Surgical Sutures Market size is projected to reach $5,255 million by 2022 from $3,360 million in 2015, growing at a CAGR of 6.4% during the forecast period.The market growth is driven by the global surge in surgical procedures due to increased incidences of various chronic diseases and technological advancements in surgical suture products. However, lack of proper sterilization system in healthcare organizations and unfavorable taxation policies are expected to hinder the global surgical sutures market growth.The global escalation in the number of hospitals, surge in the adoption of technologically advanced products, and increase in a number of surgeries due to geriatric population & patients with various chronic diseases are the major factors that drive the growth of surgical sutures market. However, the adoption of substitute products such as advanced wound closure materials and lack of proper sterilization process in healthcare settings are projected to hinder the market growth.Download PDF Report Sample with statistical info @“Absorbable sutures are expected to propel the market growth with a high growth rate, as these sutures are used in different surgical applications such as cardiovascular surgery, dental surgery, and repair of general soft tissues” says Hemali Narkhede, Manager, Healthcare Research at Allied Market Research “synthetic absorbable sutures are gaining popularity over natural absorbable sutures due to high tensile strength and fewer risk of early degradation,” she further added.The sutures segment accounted for more than four-fifths share of the market in 2015, and is expected to dominate the market, growing at a CAGR of 6.3%. The absorbable suture dissolves in tissues after a period of time and heals the wound, whereas non-absorbable suture is to be removed after the incision is healed. The absorbable suture segment held the largest share in 2015 and is anticipated to continue its dominance.By material, the multifilament segment accounted for the largest share in the sutures market in 2015 and is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 6.6%. In the same year, the general surgeries application segment dominated the market with more than one-third share due to the increase in demand for surgical sutures in various types of abdominal and other general surgeries.Key findings of the study:   In the year 2015, suture was the leading segment that accounted for 85.4% of the suture market and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period.   North America accounted for the share of 44.5% of the in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1%.   The prolene suture segment showed the highest growth in the non-absorbable sutures market and is projected to continue its lead.   U.S. is the major shareholder in the North American region, accounting for 91.5% share in 2015.   Germany is the major shareholder in the Europe, accounting for 19.7% share in 2015.North America was the highest revenue contributor and Asia-Pacific showed fastest growth, accounting for 19.2% share in 2015. The large share of North America is attributed to the higher adoption of technologically advanced products such as absorbable & antibacterial coated sutures, growth in surgical procedures with increase in prevalence of various chronic diseases, and the development of the wound management sector. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at a the fastest CAGR due to rise in demand for surgical procedures from large pool of patient population suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, coronary thrombosis, cancer, and others.Make an Enquiry for Promo code Of Discounted Price: @ key players in the surgical suture market are expanding their business operations in the developing countries with new product launches. Comprehensive profiles of major market players such as Johnson & Johnson Private Limited, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Smith & Nephew, Demetech Corporation, Conmed Corporation, W.L. Gore & Associates, Boston Scientific, 3M Healthcare, Medtronic Inc., and Sutures India Pvt. Ltd. are provided in this report.About UsAllied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855) Web: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more