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Billiken – het gelukspoppetje
De Billiken is een gelukspoppetje gemaakt door een Amerikaanse kunstleraar en illustrator, Florence Pretz uit Kansas City, Missouri, die naar verluidt de mysterieuze figuur in een droom heeft gezien.
It is believed that Pretz found the name Billiken in Bliss Carman's 1896 poem "Mr. Moon: A Song Of The Little People".
In 1908, she obtained a design patent on the ornamental design of the Billiken, which she sold to the Billiken Company of Chicago.
The Billiken was monkey-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile and a tuft of hair on his pointed head. His arms were short and he was generally sitting with his legs stretched out in front of him. Billiken is known as "The God of Things as They Ought to Be".
To buy a Billiken was said to give the purchaser luck, but to receive one as a gift would be better luck.
Source: wikipedia and Church of Good Luck
Billiken - the mascot of the Saint-Louis Univeristy
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Billiken is the mascot of Saint-Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America.
Source: Saint-Louis Billikens
Billiken - an Argentinian children's magazine
Since 1919 there is an Argentine youth magazine called Billiken.