This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Beautiful Tootsietoy LaSalle
Monday, May 27, 2012 Memorial Day Holiday in the USA
The Beautiful Tootsietoy Lasalle
There are some "real" cars that stand the test of time. If you look at old car photos, there are plenty of cars that long since have disappeared from production, and went out of business. Yet they are still around for collectors, and people to view. ANd of you can;t see one up close and real, there is always the Internet.
For me, the idea of people collecting things, is that they keep a memory of history. I enjoy museums where I can look at old items that no longer are made or are from 1000's of years ago. I also went to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., USA, and their entire set of 6-7 different museums (Americana, Airplanes and Aviation, Art are just unbelievable. Collectors and museums help keep old things alive for people to see.
The Tootsietoy Grahams are certainly a set of toys that maintain their aura and mystique. The Tootsietoy LaSalles are even more in demand, and also have that desire for collectors to own them.
I mostly buy on E-Bay, and I think this summer I'll venture out to see what the real marketplaces and antique fairs in Vermont and New York have to offer. In Canada, especially in Quebec, and to a lesser extent in Ontario, American toys are hard to find.
This Tootsietoy LaSalle is the second one that I will have owned for a short period of time. It measures 4 1/8" (L) x 1 1/2" (W) x 1 1/2" (H) or in metric 105mm x 38mm x 38mm. The Lasalle Tootsietoy is similar to the Graham Tootsietoy. They're both "Build-A-Car" or take apart cars. The main difference is that the LaSalle are scarcer,and the rear bumper can be replace if broken. Both models also have the replaceable front bumper that can be purchased from Thomas Antique Toy Parts and Classic Tin Toys.
A Tootsietoy Graham Sedan
ATHose 5 circular air vents on the side of the hood are a
unique characteristic of the LaSalles.
The underside view of the LaSalle.
Removing the tires,axles,and rims allows you to dismantle (take apart) the car.
The underneath carriage can be changed with another top part of a different LaSalle Model.
If you follow this blog, you'll have noticed that yesterday and today's photography is on a white material (background). I was inspired by an E-Bay seller who is working on an instalment to be a "guest" on my blog.
His name is Ray Ross and he has several sites through which he writes about old toys and sells
His photography on E-Bay is like my above, but better.
I'll need to work on my style!
This style is called "high key". That simply means that I'm using white background, and trying to keep shadows to a minimum. In this way one focusses on the subject rather than the lighting or the foundation (the surface that the item sits on).
That's it for today.
It's already 2:00 P.M. my time and already the day has sped away. I usually get up at 5:00 or 6:00 A.M. because I like the tranquility of the mornings.
So thanks for dropping by, and have a great day or evening wherever you may be.