Saturday, February 23, 2013

Old Toy Construction Cranes

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Old Toy Construction Cranes


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    I've been looking at the current selection of modern die-cast toys. Right now, I'm waiting for permissions to use the photos form these sites. I decided to take a look at the "old toys". I already presented to you the fine Kenton Morgan Crane (please see) below in another post about old toys, and today, I'm presenting it to you again, along with a Buddy L crane. These toys are some of the biggest toys that I've come across from that era (1930's). There were larger toys  such as the peddle cars, where children sat themselves inside a car, and moved it by peddling. However these were more mobile toys compared with the play toy.








I'd be curious to know just how many of the above toys were made. Consider  that the great depression was happening in the USA,  wages were low,  and there were no government medical benefits, or unemployment insurance. Any child that was lucky enough to have had such a toy ,
should have considered himself very fortunate at the time. 

What's interesting about bot toys is that the legs or trestles were able to be folded.  That must have been a great relief to any mother who had a limited amount of space in her house!

Many of the current items available today, are more in the category of "models". These items are collected more than they are "played with", and not meant for very young children (under 5) as, there are many small parts that could cause a child to choke. Also, many of these models are die-cast  and could break in the hands of children. And one more thing, the large model cranes that  are based on roe real ones that lift items 30 stories or higher, cost anywhere from $ 400.00- $1200.00 US  and more. These are not toys!


Thanks for visiting, 
and have a nice part of the day wherever you may be.

Stacey