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, September 24, 2016
The Need for Speed
Wednesday, September 29, 2016 Cloudy with Sun 18 Celsius / 65 Fahrenheit
Ever since man invented a machine or means of travel, he/she was fascinated by speed. This phenomena was evermore increased with the invention of the automobile. Right from the start, man and machine had to go faster than anyone else, and hence the race car evolved from the more common everyday car.
The "Sunbeam Car" below is modelled after the famous Sunbeam 1000 car. It was the first car to travel over 200 MPH (332 KPH). The reason that it was called the "Sunbeam was the fact that it has 2 Sunbeam "Matabele" 22.4 litre aircraft engines. These engines were first used in Speedboats*
In the early years of racing on land (rather than a racetrack), there were 2 men or racers in the car. One drove the car, while the other one,called a navigator, would instruct the driver where to go to continue the race.
Some early race cars were very big proportionally to other regular cars and the driver.