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.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Collectors as Great Sources of Information
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Later in the day -overcast, colder, and rain
Great Sources of Information
My recent post on the Arcade Taxis was total inspired by a reader - Mr. Joe Gallo. When I answered Joe, I invited him to send me some of his photos, and to be a guest on my blog. Yesterday, I received a yes, and I was elated. In the previous post that I mentioned, Joe mentioned about the telephone numbers on the sides of the taxis. When I wrote to Joe, I asked him to send me some specific photos that I will elaborate on below.
What makes the Arcade cast iron taxi so collectible is of course the fact that it was modelled after the
real taxi of the era. Most taxis from Mexico, Canada, and the United States were similar, having had the cars made in the U.S.A. Moreover, they were painted of course in yellow. One of the largest taxi cab companies even was called Yellow Cab.
I asked Joe Gallo to send me a photo of the coin slot and the place where the cap would unlock to access the money. You can actually see the coin slot in the middle back of the roof.
Above is a close-up of the running board. I would think that the running board allowed you
to step up into the cab of the car.
Above is a nice detail of the rear spare tire. Interestingly, for this particular Arcade model , the spare tiore was not a separate tire mounted on a rim, or a separate metal tire. It was actually a part of the casting of the left side of the toy.
Below is an even better photos of the spare.
What's also interesting is that Joe purchased this toy and it was painted over in green.
Joe write that he carefully used ear swabs (Q-Tips brand for example) with acetone to gently remove the green, and expose the black layer of original paint.
The pair of photos above show you part of the job that Joe did in carefully removing the top green layer from the bottom black layer. He also mentioned that he had to take a lot of time and painstakingly remove the green layer.
Several things are quite interesting to notice above.
1. Most cast iron toys have a smooth steel bolt that is hammered at one end to keep the
2 halves of the toy together. In this case a screw was used.
2. You can see how the nickel-plated driver was attached to the car body.
3. The lock at the bottom of the toy needed a key - this is substantial!
What I'd like to know are 2 things:
i. How many coins could you fill this toy with
ii.. How much would the cast iron toy weigh when full with money
The title for this post certainly is a good choice, since I personally was able to see lots of details that you never see in photographs of toys going to auction, or for that matter in old catalogues.
Joe certainly helped me out in seeing all of the details that I normally might miss, or never see.
And thnks to everyone who visited my log,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night
wherever you may be
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