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, July 16, 2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office
Wednesday,July 16, 2014 Sunny, windy and clear skies
The United States Patent
and Trademark Office
One of the websites on the Net that is a great resource for toy collectors and anyone who likes interesting upsurges of information is the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. This is the site where anyone with an invention or a logo or design that they want to keep a right to applies. By applying for a patent or trademark, this office will decide, and then grant to petitioner (person asking) a patent or trademark. When this happens, no one else is allowed to copy or partially copy the idea or invention or design.
You have to learn how to meander through the website as it is both huge and complicated. You gave to remember that this office goes back in time to the beginning or almost the beginning of the USA country.
After the toy is wound and released, Pluto is able to flip over and then return to his crouching position. He also moves with wheels under him.
What's great about the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office, is the fact that it's an excellent reference to learning about toys and when they might have been made. Since I mentioned that the Patent Office has records dating back to almost the time of the American Revolution, going back to toys from the 1870's or earlier is "a piece of cake".