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The 2009 Castor Oyl Poker Chip

The 2009 Castor Oyl Poker Chip

“… two drops of castor oil …”

– The Sign of The Four (SIGN)

Castor Oyl and Bernice 2009

Castor Oyl statue outside Memorial Hospital – Chester, IL ~ Photo by Baskerville Productions

Chester, Illinois is the hometown of Elzie C. Segar, the creator of the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. In 1977, the city erected a statue in his honor. Since 2006, Baskerville Productions began work on a “Popeye & Friends” character trail of granite statues. To date, 15 additional statues have been erected in Chester, including a “Sherloock & Segar” statue last December. You can read more about the Popeye & Friends character trail at their WEBSITE.

In 2009, they erected the sixth statue in their series, hornoring Castor Oyl the Detective, sporting a deerstalker cap, inverness cape and holding a magnifying class. A few souvenir items were produced, including a poker chip ($3 plus shipping and handling) and are available on their WEBSITE.

OBVERSE: CHESTER, IL 2009 / (picture of Castor Oyl statue) / HOME OF CASTOR OYL

REVERSE: POPEYE & FRIENDS / (picture of Popeye statue) / CHARACTER TRAIL

38mm, Ceramic, Round

If we learn of a poker chip for the Sherlock and Segar statue, we will share that information in another post. (Update 6/26/2020: See our post about the 2019 chip) In closing, enjoy this clip of Private Eye Popeye.

Thanks to Michael W. McClure, BSI, for providing us with much of this information.

One Response to The 2009 Castor Oyl Poker Chip

  1. […] Chester, Illinois is the hometown of Elzie C. Segar, the creator of the Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. In 1977, the city erected a statue in his honor. Since 2006, Baskerville Productions began work on a “Popeye & Friends” character trail of granite statues. To date, 15 additional statues have been erected in Chester, including a “Sherlock & Segar” statue last December 7th. You can read more about the Popeye & Friends character trail at their WEBSITE. There is also a Sherlockian – themed statue of Castor Oyl that was erected in 2009 that we wrote about in March. […]

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