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.
Friday, September 30, 2016
An Ives, Blakeslee & Williams Co Catalogue Reproduction-Part I
Saturday, October 8, 2016 Overcast with rain 17 Celcius / 62 Fahrenheit
An Ives, Blakeslee, & Williams Co.
A great resource for researching toys are old catalogues or their respective reproductions. This reproduction was from a circa 1893 Catalogue "featuring a complete line of toys for home and export trade". It was reproduced by" L.C.Hagarty, a collector of iron toys & mechanical banks, from Coalport, Pa., USA. in 1965".
I decided 3 posts on this interesting catalogue. In the late 1800's, there were still many toys that included all kinds of wagons pulled by horses. The "horseless carriage, truck , and cars would not appear for another 15 years. This first part is a set of toys that were pulled by a cord.
What is most interesting is the price of the toys. Most of the prices of the toys are stated as the cost by the dozen.
What is also interesting is that there is no name as to who the manufacturer was.
So my question is this: was it customary to not include the names of the manufacturer, or were the toys in this catalogue reproduction of authentic North American manufacturers of toys?
The topmost toy is most interesting because it includes a stable for sheltering the horse and cart, and I've never seen such a toy before.
The topmost toy is interesting because of the description of the wagon. It's called a "truck",
which I never knew was called a "wagon". I've usually seen these things titled wagons.