Cloth figure of a toy clown dressed in a blue cotton jumpsuit with white polka dots. Part of an archive of unsold stock samples donated by the manufacturer.

Jakas Soft Toys was a Melbourne-based company which designed and manufactured genuine high quality soft toys from 1956. Their range included teddy bears, golliwogs, animals and birds. They ceased production in the late 1990s outlasting many local toy manufacturers competing with cheaper overseas imports.

With children's health and safety in mind, the toys were made from wool and synthetic plush, quality fabrics, non-allergic filling and 'safety eyes'. The Jakas range of soft toys came with care and washing instructions and could be handed down for generations.

Physical Description

Thin and floppy toy clown made from white cotton material and dressed in a royal blue cotton jumpsuit with white polka dots. There is a frilly, elasticised piece of red patterned cotton material around its neck as a collar, and red material has been sewn onto the ends of its legs as pointy shoes. The clown's head is made from a cream coloured cotton material with two hand-stitched black crosses as eyes, a protruding round red plastic nose and a mouth hand sewn in chain-stitch with red cotton. It has pink acrylic fluff as hair on either side of its face and around the back of the head with a bald patch on top of the head. There is a 'Jakas Soft Toys' swing tag and small triangular Australian Made label attached to the frilly collar with a plastic joiner. A white cotton label is stitched onto the inside of its right foot with 'Jakas Toys' embroidered in red.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Jakas Toys Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Home & Community, Childhood

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Ms Pam Schwarz, 10 Nov 2014

  • Manufacturer

    Jakas Toys, Unit 1, 85 Lewis Road, Wantirna South, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960s

  • Inscriptions

    Embroidered in red on white fabric label: 'JAKAS TOYS'. Printed in green on front side of white oval swing tag: 'JAKAS / SOFT TOYS / Genuine Australian Made / Soft Toys Since 1956'. Printed on the back of white oval swing tag in green: 'Jakas is / Australia's oldest / soft toy manufacturer. / With over 35 years of / experience we create special / toys using quality fabrics, / filling and safety eyes. / Instructions: Machine wash on delicate / cycle using wool mix, dry well and brush. / If your toy should meet with an / accident call Jakas Soft Toys Pty. Ltd. / Unit 1, 85 Lewis Rd., Wantirna South / Victoria 3152 Australia / Tel: (613) 887 3547 / Fax: 887 3553' Printed in green on triangular card label showing 'Australian Made' kangaroo logo: 'AUSTRALIAN MADE'.

  • Classification

    Games & toys, Dolls, Cloth

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    370 mm (Width), 80 mm (Depth), 440 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Toys, Australian Design, Australian Manufacturing Industry, Small Businesses, Clowns