Cloudy and cold
One of the early auction companies that allowed me to use their photos was the Lloyd Ralston Gallery. Lloyd Ralston was a successful auctioneer who salt passed away much too young. However, his 2 sons have continued on with the tradition.
One of my favourite small-sized die cast toy companies is the Tootsietoy company. They manufactured millions upon millions of small die cast toys from the early 1910's-the early 1960's. However, my favourites are the early toys.
What's interesting about these toys is that when the casting was made, any small "imperfections" were left and not filed down. So you'll see some "extensions" of window frames from the excess molten metal. The toys could be purchased individually or could be bought individually, which made the toys very popular, since everyone (rich and poor) kids could buy the toys. I had the pleasure of being able to buy many of these fine toys on ebay, and through Thomas Toys and Classic Tin Toys was able to purchase parts to restore them. What makes them so fascinating (for myself at least) is that you could purchase a whole small town of toys, and make miniature villages with them. Of course, the average child would have a few of them to play with.