Kitty Cucumber (a cat character) first appeared in 1985, in a die-cut booklet produced by B. Shackman & Company, Inc. This firm has sold toys and printed materials since 1898. The Victorian-style Kitty's name was invented by the daughter of the president of the company for a favorite doll. Her mother designed the Kitty Cucumber now used on a variety of products, such as books, paper dolls, and art work.
Illustrations (original art work, 11 pieces), and uncut, embossed printer's proofs (3 identical copies, copyright 1983 by Merrrimack Publ. Corp.) for Kitty Cucumber products, manufactured by B. Shackman & Company, Inc. Original colored illustrations are undated, but Ms. Lillemoe wrote Shackman asking the company to publish her creations in 1983. Also contains two copies of book, Kitty Cucumber and Her Friends (16 pp.) by Jim Lillemoe, illustration by Mary Peters Lillemoe, copyright 1986.
Kitty Cucumber Collection, ca. 1985, Archives Center, National Museum of American History