The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley

On this page ..... Items waiting to graduate to their own page when there's enough information to make it worthwhile.
Talcum Powder and Character Soaps

These were all produced by a company called Morny and have a 1971 copyright mark.
The pics show 1 tin of talc (front and back views) and 1 box of soaps {2 examples of the same box,front and back} -with each box containing 2 soaps.
As far as I'm aware,this was the entire extent of the soap and talc range.Which is slightly disappointing,because several other kids tv contemporaries got larger ranges of individually boxed characters.With the Magic Roundabout and Camberwick Green & Trumpton springing to mind.But there's always the chance that something else might surface.

Good old Letraset.
Is there anything they didn't turn into transfers  ? 
And,looking back,you wonder what all the fuss was about, considering how fleeting a pleasure it was.
But it was strangely satisfying nonetheless.
And,arguably,a bit more fun than similarly untaxing pursuits like join-the-dots and painting-by-numbers.

Anyhow,the multi-character pack (clickable),is dated 1972 with the ref. GK 107.And good,unopened examples aren't that scarce.

But the Parsley one next to it is much rarer.
Dated 1973 with ref. GK 146, and about 25cm x 13cm.
It appears to have been a one-off,as the back only mentions other characters from the Magic Roundabout,Rupert the Bear and Tom & Jerry.
Click pic to see the back. (poor quality ebay pic)
All the similar animated series of the period had their own range of toiletries. So these weren't unusual.

Although bath foam was usually another staple ingredient,
so it is unusual not to see a Herbs version of that.

And branded as "Parsley" and not "The Herbs" because they came out after the sequel.
String Puppet

Whenever you see an old UK toy with strings attached,you tend to think of "Pelham Puppets".
But despite producing tv spin-off ranges for the likes of the Magic Roundabout & the Wombles,
they never got it together with Michael Bond -and that included Paddington Bear,nevermind The Herbs.

Thankfully,Bluebell Toys stepped in to fill the void - an independant company based in Southport.

4 different characters are mentioned on the box- Sir Basil,Lady Rosemary,Bayleaf and Knapweed. ​
And they're also the only ones I've ever seen.
Which begs the obvious question about Parsley,Dill & Sage .... ? 

The box measures 12" x 6" but is un-dated.Although it'll be early 70's at the very latest.
Peggy Nisbet soft toys

Peggy Nisbet was known primarily for her dolls. But her company also started to produce some soft toys at the end of the sixties,which included spin-offs for another BBC animated series of the period,"The Pogles" ....
and 3 characters from The Herbs - Parsley,Dill and Sage.
First appearing in the 1969 catalogue and doing well enough to still be featured in the 1973 edition.

The Parsley and Dill examples,below,are both about 11" high x 6" wide and may even have doubled-up as a rather small bolster cushions.And are made from a printed and stitched cotton-like fabric stretched over a soft filling.

Despite their longevity of production,I've only ever seen one of each.
So it's no surprise that their rarity was underlined in Sept.2015 when the Dill one sold on ebay for an impressive £89.

And Sage  ?
Well,we know he's out there somewhere.And I do have a photo of a bit of unattributed Sage merchandise that almost certainly means the search is over.But that's yet to be confirmed. Pic here
Merrythought Parsley

"Mr.Parsley",made by the revered Shropshire soft toy company,Merrythought.
Approximately 7.5" tall,probably a one-off rather than a range and un-dated.
But probably the last 20 years or so,rather than any earlier - ?
Parsley's TV Dominoes

Another arms-length ebay listing here,as you'll probably have guessed from the pics.But at least it's a start.

Produced in 1970 by Topsail Games,the box measures 11" x 8".And the pieces came in sheets that you pressed out.
Very much a sister product to their Cling Pic set,with both trying to cash-in on the tv debut of the Adventures of Parsley that same year.
A strangely large box for such a small amount of content.And it was probably the sort of present that looked great wrapped up under the christmas tree .... still great with the wrapping removed .... but not so good once you took the lid off !

Photos of the Soaps,Bluebell Puppet and the Nisbet Sage courtesy of Tony Clark.
Photos of the talc and mystery Parsley cuddly toy,courtesy of Dawn Foster-Denham.
My sincere thanks to both for their help,and if you can add anything more then please do. Email on homepage.
Pedigree Parsley ?

It's probably safe to assume that this next one is indeed Parsley,simply because of the green maine and tail.
And not exactly a huge leap of faith to be fair,as it's a pretty odd colour to choose if he isn't.
There's no label to identify the manufacturer or the date.
And the only thing we know for sure is that it's quite large,at about 18" long x 13" high.

That said,I'm almost certain it was produced by Pedigree,and dates to the mid 70's.
Although I've yet to find any hard evidence to back it up.