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Sock Monkey Madness
Moe and Joe recently returned from a trip to Rockford, Illinois, for
Midway Museum's annual Sock Monkey Madness Festival. They went armed with their new book, "Moe & Joe's Sock Monkey Guide to Safety." They met
new friends and sold a lot of books! Below are some highlights from the trip.
| Moe and Joe got a check-up
at the sock monkey hospital.
Joe informed Dr. Morgan,
in no uncertain terms, where
she was NOT allowed to
place that thermometer.
| One of Moe and Joe's
| Here we have a little display
that Joe calls, "Monkeys Under
Glass." Moe tried to calculate
the cubic footage of the case,
to figure out when all the
poor little monkeys
would run out of oxygen.
| Moe and Joe didn't catch
this guy's name, but he
looked pretty important.
HISTORY OF THE SOCK MONKEY
In 1873, John Nelson developed a knitting machine that produced socks without a seam on the heel. The work socks were a hit. Nelson Knitting company (of Rockford, Illinois), found there were so many imitators of "Rockford" socks, that around 1932, they began putting a red heel on their socks to distinguish themselves from the copycats. Someone figured out
that the red heel made a great mouth on sock toys. Sock monkeys were born.
Around 1951 Nelson Knitting learned that sock monkeys were being made out of their socks. In 1955 they were awarded the patent and began including instructions for making sock monkeys with every pair of socks.
In 1992 Fox River bought out Nelson knitting and continues the tradition of the red-heel socks today. And that is very fortunate for us. Otherwise, Moe and Joe would not be in existence, and that would be a very dark world, indeed.