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
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Sunny, clear skies and windy (# 2 post of the day)
If you're from 100-5 years old, you probably know about trading cards. I used the word "trading", because not all of these cards were manufactured by bubble gum companies. Some, as I'm presenting today were enclosed in cigarette packages. I got the idea for today's post,when I visited and got permission from Mr. George Murphey whose ebay store is called abhitchant.
When I was a "kid" (child) on the 1950's (I'm 65), I had bubble gum cards. The most common cars have been baseball cards, followed by assorted professional posts. I was never interested in baseball cards (too many to collect), and liked the cars such as western cowboys, Zorro, and so forth. Of course, when you bough the cards, you immediately chewed the gum until you had lockjaw! You also "played" (more like gambling) as you tried to win other people's cards in assorted games.
What amazed me, althoughI vaguely recall having read about other non-bubbnle gum cars were George's cards. He had cards of Native American Indians, professional billiards (pool) players, and WWII Japanese war cards/.I'm not going to add the war cards as they're much too graphic for anyone under 10 years old to see - that's war! However, if you go to George's past listings that sold you will see these very historic cards!
The Goudey Gum Company was an American chewing gum company started in 1919. The company was founded by Enos Gordon Goudey (1863–1946) ofBarrington Passage, Nova Scotia. Formerly an employee of Beemans, he opened a factory in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919 and later in Allston. It operated there from 1924 until it closed in 1962. Goudey sold the business in 1932 but he retained an interest as a consultant. On his retirement in 1933, William Wrigley Jr. dubbed him the "penny gum king of America". Today the Goudey name is mainly associated with its collectible baseball cards which were introduced in 1933. Goudey was the first American company to issue baseball cards with each stick of gum. (They had been available with cigarettes and certain lines of candy for many years.)*
For those who don't know, the most valuable trading card in the world is omen of a famous baseball player by the name of Mr. Honus Wagner. The reason this cars is so valuable is that Mr. Wagner disliked cigarettes, and when the American Tobacco Company was going to include his photos on the cards,he threatened to sue. Most go the cards were removed from the cigarette packages,but a few "got through". As such, several of these Honus Wagner cards have sold and resold for over $ 2,000,000.00 American!