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Zip The Monkey

Aaaah! Zip the monkey was one of my favourite childhood cuddlies. He was a colourful, cheeky little chap that wore red dungarees and a yellow t-shirt with his name on it. He was, I believe, fashioned after the live chimp, Zippy, from Howdy Doody Show. He came in lots of different sizes. Unfortunately, there were a few poor imitations floating around in the 70s, as the original Zip was a bit on the pricey side. But he was worth every penny!


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Zip The Monkey Last post by remember
15 February 2009

Do You Remember Zip The Monkey?

Do You Remember Zip The Monkey?

  • Anonymous user
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    I had one of these when I was about five. I loved that thing more than it would seem possible for a five year old. Now... enter the abusive piece of garbage step-father.... I did something to anger him (don't even remember what it was, but how bad could a five year old really screw up?), so he said, "Bring me Zip!". I immediately started bawling and pleading with my mom to step in and put the brakes on whatever this dude had planned. "You heard your father!" (no, he isn't my father!). I bring my old buddy to him and he tore the freaking rubber face clean off of Zip. Then he told me to go put Zip in the garbage can outside for the garbage men to take away. Pretty traumatic! I'm damn near 50 years old and still think about that day at least every month or so. Well, today I got on Ebay and bought myself an early Christmas present. "VTG RUSHTON 16" Plush With Rubber Face ZIP Zippy Monkey From Howdy Doody Show". Only set me back $50. People will probably look at me sideways when they see him (he is going to be displayed proudly and conspicuously in my bachelor pad). So anyway, yeah, Zip is the absolute coolest best friend a 50 year old 5 year old could have.
    • Anonymous user
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      I have one, I love him. I used to carry him around when I was little
  • Anonymous user
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    Zip was the best. I had no idea he was loved by so many people.
  • Anonymous user
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    I just found my old Zip doll and am cleaning him up to pass on to my daughter! I never had any clue that he was so well known! I had him coming home from the hospital when I was born and loved him SO much, I don't think he has an original seam left! This makes passing him on to my daughter SO much more special!
  • Anonymous user
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    Hello... I found this site where you can Write your Zip memories at... http://www.zippythetvchimp.com/ Carole... Zippy's REAL mom. I have wonderful memories of my lil' guy Zip! Loved him to pieces!
  • Anonymous user
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    This is really strange... I have had a Zip Monkey since I was about 8 or 9. I saw him in a Sears catalog and had to have him. I BEGGED my mother for him... I have carried him with me where ever I have gone... yes, he's still my buddy. I love that thing!
  • Anonymous user
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    Well I have and still have the Monkey zip. I got him on my first Christmas Dec, 1963. And since then I had carried that Monkey every where I went. He was my long time friend and still is. I have had him since I was a infant at 11 months old!! Am 44 and so is my Monkey zip. I used to fed him pretend apples and all too. I dressed him in all sorts of diffrent outfits just like he was a baby. He is so old his fur is fading off him but, he is still my buddy!
  • Anonymous user
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    I have read different stories about zip all over the internet.I had a similar one that had white hair and a banana and white shoes.His name was bj and still sits on my bed to t his day 32 years later,beside the one i purchased for my infant son artie may he enjoy him as i enjoyed mine.
  • Anonymous user
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    I recently bought a zip on ebay that was apart of a lot of monkeys.I actually wanted the monkey that had a rubber face but hands with a banana and plastic feet.I got one very similar as i had one as a child and have him with me always.now i got one for my son.The zip was for my husband and now my daughter has clamied him .
  • Anonymous user
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    I still have my Zip the Monkey doll! I loved my Zip doll so much that I always had him with me and it shows! The doll was very special to me and a big part of my childhood. He was given to me when I was 5 yrs old by best friend who was moving away. Years later my mother gave me dolls of his "wife" and two "children"!