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.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Hake's Americana & Collectibles
Monday, October 31, 2016 Cloudy and Cold 7 Celsius 44 Fahrenheit
The above link is from an article in the Antique Trader magazine.
Hake's can best be described by their brief, but well-written sentence below: statement:
"We have set the standard for quality collectibles and customer service in the world
of popular culture collectibles since 1967. Your satisfaction is always our first priority."
The company was established in 1967 and is located in York, Pennsylvania (USA). Ted Hake was a college student in the mid-1960's, when he first got into the business of buying and selling all kinds of collectables. Later on, his passion for collectibles turned into a full-time business. Not only does Hakes's auction toys, but they auction off all kinds of collectibles. Below is a screen-capture of just 1/3 of what subjects they auction.
They currently have a cornucopia of collectibles ranging from posters to comic books, to gum cards and cartoon-related items. If you visit their fine website, I'm sure everyone will find something that can interest them. But for today, I'd like to get back on track for what I wanted to write.
About 10 days ago, I posted about a 1933 Dowst Manufacturing Company catalogue. The company, of course is most known for having produced the famous American toys - Tootsietoys. I decided to do a search for "Tootsietoy Cartoon Characters", and was fortunate to find great results. THe best results were from Hake's Americana & Collectibles. Not only were the photos excellent, but they were large-sized files which best shows the details of these toys.
I removed the colour and lightened the part from the bottom half of the page. What is still in colour are comic strip characters from the 1920's and later on.
Hake's description best describes these most-interestimng and rare Tootsietoys:
" This popular painted die-cast set of comic characters of the period was produced 1932-1933. Done in two versions; an articulated and more fully painted set as offered and in two-colour non-articulated versions."
I've never seen a complete set of these cartoon characters, so I'm sure they are quite rare altogether.
The non-articulated set which also was done in only 2-colours( comic characters and vehicle)
The 2-colour and multiple colour comic characters.
And once again, a comparison of the multi-coloured and 2-coloured comic characters.
While I was screen-capturing these images, I noticed that the final prices at auction were in the
3-digit price (hundreds) in US dollars. Certainly, this fine set of collectibles deserved this price. You have to remember that these toys are from 1932-1933, and range in size from 2 1/4" (55 mm) to 3 1/4" (82mm)!