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.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Orkin Toy Ships
Wednesday, December 12,2012
Orkin Toy Ships
The Orkin toy company in Cambridge Massachusetts was created by Mr. Samuel Orkin abou the end of WWI. The company produced large metal ships of tin and pressed steel that had mechanical wind-up mechanisms to propel the ship on water. Most of the toy ships were quite large ranging approximately from 15" - 35" (381 mm - 901 mm). The company lasted about 15 years but their beautiful toys still are around.
I was looking on the Net when I found the Lloyd Ralston Gallery was listing an upcoming auction for December 15, 2012. IN the listings were these nice Orkins toys, among hundreds of other toys.
If I was a kid nowadays, I'd prefer one of these as a Christmas present WiII or an IPhone5. Then again, I always had different "requests" from others kids.
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What's interesting about the Orkin ships is that they have many common parts to them. For example, if you look at the gun turrets on several different warships, you'll see that they're identical- unless of course, the larger ships do have larger-sized guns.
while I was doing a search I found that Classictintoy, a toy parts store, sells replacement parts for this old ships. When I was buying and selling toys on E-Bay, I used the store. It's good to see that there are replacement parts for these old toys.