Monday, January 28, 2013
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Metalcraft* toy company started up in 1931. It produced a limited catalogue of toys that were mostly "labelled' with names of companies. Because of the timing (The Great Depression) the company only lasted until 1937, when it was forced to close down due to bankruptcy. The toys, of course still survive today, and have moderate appeal and moderate final prices as far as today;s auctions go.
* A reader sent me an e-mail which you can view at the end of this post. I had mistyped the name of the manufacturer of these toys. These are Metalcraft, and not Steelcraft, as I had originally written in November 2012.
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The Steelcraft Zeppelin toy was certainly different from all of the other manufacturers.
What I find interesting is how long these toys have been around and still are in "playable" condition. I have a friend who makes shelving. His presses that bend and shape the shelving components are from the 1930's , a span of 80 years. They still work, and when you look at them you know that they were meant to work and last! Of course, the machine will need a new part once in a while,and thankfully there are highly-skilled machinists around to machine any parts needed.
As an aside, if you go to Cuba, you will see American cars from the 1950's that are driven all over. The replacement parts from those cars are also machined because of 2 conditions. Past are hard to get, and of course the American embargo on Communist Cuba still exists.
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