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.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
A Trio of Rare Vindex Cast Iron Toys
Wednesday, October 5, 2015 Sunny with Clouds 22 Celsius / 72 Fahrenheit
Lately, I've been returning to old friends who have granted me permission to use their photos and written descriptions. I don't have any saved Excel files with all the people who have helped me. I have to go on Blogger, and use "labels" that I write out. These help me to find specific posts that I have written in the past. As of today, I have 1140 posts.
Mr. Lars Ostrom's store is in Lexington, Nebraska, USA. Lars is quite a photographer. He created his own diffusion screens. A diffusion screen is a photographic material made of transparent opaque mylar. When you place a photo light behind the the screen, the light becomes very soft, and allows for easy recording of images.If you use too harsh a light source (e.g. sunlight), you are going to have problems with too much contrast, and losing detail in the shadows.
Not only are Lars' photos well exposed, but he also takes very fine photos, with lots of images to show every detail of his rare Vindex cast iron toys.
Most of the Vindex toys and the ones that you see here were manufactured in the late 1920's-early 1930's. These toys were made very well as you can see from these photos.
Up here in Montreal, I'm starting to tidy up my vegetable garden and flower beds and flower pots around the house. I'm sure the Nebraskan farmers have already finished cleaning up their vast acres of farmland, and have sewn the seeds for their crops for next year.