Joe Morrison with one of his original frog ashtrays
came to be frog collectors...
It started when we were
first married 28 years ago. I inherited two frog ash trays from my grandmother, and
since we both smoked at the time, we had them on the end tables in our
apartment. People saw them and thought we collected frogs, so we started
receiving them as gifts. Our birthdays are on the same day, July 17, and we
started receiving frogs as birthday gifts. We also started getting frogs as
Christmas gifts, and then we started buying them for ourselves. Pretty soon we had a couple of hundred, then a thousand, and now the collection
is over 10,000.
We have frogs made of a number of different materials—everything from paper to gold, and they come from at least 40 different
countries. My favorites today are the Nutcrackers, but then I could change my mind
tomorrow. One-of-a-kinds are always special, and we have several that were made
just for us. Pat's favorite is a coloring book of frogs drawn by Red Skelton.
Most people don't realize
how many companies either make frogs or have frogs on their products—such as Hummels, Lalique, Precious Moments, Budweiser and other beer and wine companies,
Baccarat, Lenox, Daum, Metlox, Weller, Brush McCoy, Rookwood... and I could go on
and on. Also, it's interesting what the frog means to different peoples around the world. It's a
fun hobby to have, and you can collect on any price range you choose.
We've made some special
friendships through collecting, and we cherish them very much.
We sponsor a frog
collectors convention in St. Charles, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, on the
first weekend in June every year. We all have a fantastic froggy time.
Frog hoppenings to
Joe and Pat
Here are some pictures of the Morrisons'
collection. These pictures are thumbnails. Click on them to see the full-sized
Click the E-Mail link below to send mail to Joe and
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