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.
Saturday, July 2, 2016 Cloudy with rain 17 degrees Celcius (62 degrees Fahrenheit)
A Swedish Toy Collector Contacts Me
I periodically receive e-mail from my readers accompanied with photos. When I received a recent e-mail from Mr. Mano Forsman, I naturally had to ask permission to use his photos of his excellent restoration of an Airflow toy.
"Good Evening Stacey,
Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked the pictures.
Absolutely you can use my photos and my name.
Here shortly about me.
Born 1946 in Vasa in Finland, moved 1967 to Örnsköldsvik Sweden. Retired Techcnical Illustrator/Artist. In 50s and 60s car restorations since mid 1960s.
In Jukebox (AMI-58) restorations since late 1980s. In old tin toy cars since early 2000s. Nice original ones but real difficult restorations fires me up.
Here one of my toughest one. Alps Packard, got in a real poor condition. These toys was really made of quality steel! Rear bumper, hood ornament, rear tail ligts and deck lid ornament was all new made. Maybe not like new, but better than before. And was saved.
Enclosed here also:
Our daily driver to day, Opel Olympia delivery 1957.
Also some about my recent restoration of our long time Eldorado 1963.
If you GOOGLE search on Mano Forsman Art Album, you will find some of my drawings and paintings.
Hope you enjoy.
Kind regards Mano"
Mr. Mano Forsman
As you can see, Mano has done a fine job with the restoration. The first step involves bringing down the rust from the old toy. Secondly, once the bare metal is exposed, an auto paint primer is applied. Auto body filler is applied to fill in the heavier indentations from extensive rust pitting. Later on, the car parts with the auto body filler are buffed to a fine finish.
This toy is a Japanese-made Kuramochi/Kosuge Chrysler Airflow,
probably from the late 1930's-early 1940's
You can easily compare below the "before" and "after" photos to see the extensive work
that Mano has done to this toy.
And finally the finished and restorers toy!
That's it for part I of a 3-part series from Mr. Mano Forsman.
The final result looks great and a loot of work went into this restoration