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.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Some Scans from the 1933 Dowst Catalogue
Wednesday, October 18, 2016 Sunny and Clear Skies 13 Celsius 56 Fahrenheit
Some Scans from the 1933
Dowst Manufacturing Co Catalogue
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The small-sized Tootsietoys are one of my favourite toys. The toys were die-cast and many of them were cars and trucks. You could buy the toys individually or in sets. The sets of toys were boxed in a cardboard box, and would contain anywhere from 8-12 toys or trucks. The Dowst Manufacturing Company from Chicago, Illinois, USA manufactured these nice toys.
The sets of toys above were a truck set and a car set.
The car set was relatively expensive for 1933. It sold for 50 cents!
THe toys above came in boxes. The top half of the page shows the toys that came in the box.
The box in the lower left corner was called the Bild-A-Car" set. The cars in the box could be built and dismantled to play with for another day. You can still buy these boxed
sets on ebay, but they are rare and very expensive.
They can be priced from $ 1000.00 - 2000.00 US Dollars and even higher.
THe vehicles above were trucks and trailers. The yellow truck with the silver trailers were milk trucks. The orange trailers were dumpsters, and the car transport was a "Forcar Transport.
All of the trucks were modelled after the Mack trucks of the time.
Of all the cars, the LaSalle is the more rare than the other cars,
and it usually gets high prices on ebay. The LaSalle car is not shown anywhere here,
and perhaps came later after 1933. The Graham cars were also popular at the time, and many are shown below.
The cars were divided into the roadsters, sedans, coupes, and town cars for the very rich.
The "real" town cars would have a chauffeur driving the car, and catering to the people inside the car. The carts with the beige roofs were modelled after convertibles. Sedans and coupes came as convertibles or hard-roofed models. All of these toys had rubber tires.
When I was buying and selling toys on ebay, I had all of the above toys.
Assorted trucks ranging from a "Wrecking Truck", which today is called a "Tow Truck".
These toys measured 4" (100 mm) - 5 3/4" (145 mm),and also had rubber tires.
The top half of the page are cartoon characters from the newspapers of the time. The character at the 12:00 o'clock position is Moon Mullins,. Going clockwise from Moon Mullins, we have Smitty, Uncle Willie, Uncle Walt, Kayo, and Andy Gump.
The toys ranged from 2 1/4" - 3 1/4" ( 55 mm -82 mm)
Because of their small size, the toys were shipped by the gross (144 parts). There were 12 toys to a box, and 12 boxes in a larger container (probably a cardboard box or a wood container)
If you visitebay, you will usually see lots and lots of Tootsietoys for sale.
Sadly, unlike Dinky toys, the Dowst Manufacturing Company changed with the times and made toys both in the USA and in Hong Kong. Eventually die cast toys changed with the times are were modelled after cars of the decade.The company was eventually purchased by the J.Lloyd INternational, Inc. company, and is still located in Chicago.
The company makes 40,000,000 toy cars a year.*
* From an article on the Tootsietoy Company in Wikipedia