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Old toy catalogues are a great resource to write about, as well as to refer to for identifying toys.
But what I like best are hand-drawn illustrations, as well as the vintage graphic design (page layout).
I only took a few page samples for some of the more numerous toys that Kenton produced.
Toy stoves were very popular a long time ago,and I have a feeling that these toys could actually work and cook things. I'm sure parents,especially mothers would oversee what their children were doing with these stoves. The detailing was exceptional, both the "real stoves" and their downsized toy versions. If you do a search on the Net, you will be very amazed at the beauty of these toys.
Fire wagons were very popular at the time. Needless to ay, Kenton made many models and sizes.
Once again, I only chose 2 pages from the catalogue.
When I was a between 5-9 years old, the big thing among children my age was to spot new cars for the upcoming year. Ir wasn't like today,when a 2015 car comes out in June of 2014. In the 1950's , next year's cars came out in September and October, and there hardly any foreign cars then - imagine!
What I was wondering is if children in the late 1890's and early 1900's would look and see if they could identify a dray, a cabriolet, a hansom, a phaeton, a standhope, trap, and a surrey.
I still have trouble identifying what some of these horse-pulled "items" are,
and I forgot to add the cart and wagon to the list.
At least I think I know how to identify them from the other vehicles.
Many of the toys were based on people who worked on farms or made deliveries in the cities for companies. As such, many of the figures portrayed with the vehicles were black or as described back then "Negroes".
If you ever have a chance to purchase an old catalogue or a reproduction of an old catalogue, by all means do do. And even if it's just a Sears catalogue from 1900, do so.
They make the most interesting coffee table items, and people never tire from looking at them.
Just one thing though - you have to air them out so that they don't have that "old musty smell".
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have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,