NON - Girl Graduate Plan Lane Miniatures
Retail, Promotional, and Prototypes
In the 1990's, the Girl Graduate Plan was in its final years. Therefore, Lane was looking for a market where they could sell the miniature boxes and keep the miniature department in the Altavista, VA factory viable. Boxes were sold through national retailers as well as directly from the company. Unfortunately, the last box left the miniature department in 1998 and the manufacturing equipment was sold off and most employees were relocated to other areas of the Lane factory. As you will see below, many of the later boxes were made out of pine, not cedar.
Many of the photos (those with wording embedded in the photo) were taken from a brochure distributed by the company in 1997.
Several well-known and respected artists were used for the lid art including Patty Butters, Beth Zink and Virginia Artist, P. Buckley Moss.
Interestingly, some of the boxes shown below have never been seen on the open market leading to the hypothesis that they were not widely purchased.
Also below are boxes that were made by Lane and likely never distributed but are, rather, limited production promotional boxes or prototypes that never made it to full production.
As additional boxes and names are found they will be added below.
Cartoon Mickey 154-01
Courtship Minnie/Mickey 156-01
Holiday Mickey and Friends 165-01
Sweetheart Mickey 152-01
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 157-01
Artist: P. Buckley Moss, 85th Anniversary, 1997 stamped on bottom
Logo stamped inside lid notes: 90 Year Anniversary (2002?)
Artist: M. Wyatt
Dated on bottom 1995
Artist: Glynda Turley
Much like "Bountiful" but not exactly the same.
Jewelry box prototype. Painted mahogany.
Large Rounded (LR) box - mahogany. Only one found. Prototype?
Mahogany. Jewelry box prototype.
Victorian Bouquet 112-01
Baseball 176-01 dated 1996