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.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
A Pair of Vindex Toys
Saturday, October 9, 2016 Cloudy with Rain 20 Celsius / 68 Fahrenheit
A Pair of Vindex Toys
I've posted on Vindex Toys before, however this time I want to use this post to lead into the next post. I want to use a search on my blog to bring up all of the Vindex toys I have posted, and then add them to that blog. It's something that is so basic ,that I completely forgot that this feature existed for blogwriters!
The original factory was located in Boston, Massachusettes from 1880-1887. The company was then moved to Chicago, Illinois and finally to Belvidere, Illinois by 1886. In an effort to keep workers employed during the Great Depression, National expanded their product line to include home workshop machinery and cast iron toys. National was unable to compete with the low cost imported sewing machines and closed in 1957.
National manufactured sewing machines, washing machines, bicycles, the Eldredge automobile (1903-1906), home workshop machinery, and cast-iron scale model toys (Oldsmobile & Pontiac automobiles, Harley Davison motorcycles & side cars, John Deere farm machinery, a power shovel, horse-drawn wagons, book-ends, table lamps, dog door stops, dog and owl banks) under the Vindex Toy Company label. The complete line of home workshop machinery included lathes, band saws, jig saws, saw tables and line shaft assemblies.*
VINDEX JOHN DEERE THRESHER c. 1929, very rare cast iron farm toy, painted in silver body, green highlights overall, features folding chute, straw stacker and grain pipe, yellow spoke wheels, embossed "John Deere" on sides.
c. 1929, extremely rare example, cast iron, green painted frame with red drum and black spoke wheels, embossed "Lansing" on side, nickel lever, probably the most elusive of any construction equipment toy. 6 1/2" l. Levers, scoop & drum replaced, otherwise frame in (Exc. Cond.)
The cement mixer is estimated to sell for between $5000.00-$6000.00 USD (United States Dollars), while the thresher is estimated to sell for between $1400.00-$1800.00 USD.
The Vindex toys were not manufactured to the high production numbers as the Arcade, Kilgore, or Hubley toys. Nevertheless, they were quite popular and still are today, as collectibles. As such, they normally are offered at higher estimated auction prices.