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Performo Toys

by Richard Mueller Jr.

Performo Toy Company, Incorporated
Middletown, Pennsylvania
Estimated 1924-1930


In 1924, Performo Toy Company introduced a toy line including a mouse design named “Micky”. The toy designed was patented in 1926. Even though Micky carried a patent and was on the market several years prior to the introduction of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney sued Micky’s creator Rene Grove and managed to stop all production of Performo’s Micky. This lawsuit left Mr. Grove bitter and eventually ended Performo’s toy production. Performo Toy Company advertised their toys have “life-like action” with “no mechanism.” These toys are very rare and will bring a higher value due to their collection desirability.

On a copy of an invoice of toys that Performo sold, the toys are listed as: Hot Dog, Donkey Cart, Micky Racer, Heinie, Squeal Pull Micky, Wadee Noodee, Bunnee, Goosee, Donkey, Circus Wagon, Monkey, Clown, Jumbom, Dog, Slim Jim, Darkey, Lion, Micky and Bunnee Jr.

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Bottom Left to Right - Rene Grove and Brother Larry Grove

Weiner Pup

1927
4"L x 3.5"H x 1.2"W
$300 - $400
 
Large & Small Bunnee

c. 1928
Sm: 6"L x 5.5"H x 5.5"W
$180 - $240

Performo-Bunnee

c. 1928
5"L x 4"H x 4"W
$180 - $240

Duck

c. 1928
8"L x 5.75"H x 5.5"W
$180 - $240

Duck

c. 1928
4"L x 3"H x 2"W
$60 - $80
 
Micky

3”L x 5.25”H x 1.25”W
$120 - $160

Micky

Different Version with Colors

Micky Label

Label from Micky V2 with Colors

Micky

1928
12.5”L x 6.75”H x 3.25”W
$2400 - $3200

Walking Micky

1928
$240 - $320

Micky with Rider

1928
14”L x 7.25”H x 6.5”W
$3000 - $4000

Donkey Wagon

Estimated 1928
14.5”L x 4.25”H x 5”W
$180 - $240

Buttercup

1928
$150 - $200

Mickey McGuire

c. 1930
3"L x 6.75"H x 1"W
$150 - $200
   

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