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.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Bing Trains and Accessories
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Cloud with Rain 2 Celsius 36 Fahrenheit
The Bing or Gebruder Bing company was established in 1863 in Nuremberg, Germany in 1863.
Gebruder means brothers in German, and the two brother first started to manufacture metal kitchen utensils such as fine pewter and copper tableware, before starting to produce toys in 1880. At that time, the company was the largest toy factory in the world. They are remembered mostly for their trains and accessories. In the early years, live steam was used to move the trains. In the later years, when electricity was well-developed, train movement was by electricity. Also in the early years, toys were made from steel sheets that were lithographed to imprint colour top the toys. The toys had tabs and slots at their sides, and the tabs were inserted into the slots to assemble the parts.
The company became a large exporter of toys until WW1 began. After the war, the United States toy manufacturers lobbied the government to protect the growing US toy industry, and Bing eventually stopped exporting toys because duties rose from 35% to 70%.
By 1927, the Bing company had serious financial problems, and in 1932 the company was in the stage of liquidation of the company, and by 1933 the company went out of business forever. The tooling such as presses and dies were purchased by Bub, a competitor of the Bing company.
As for the Bing family, they escaped from Germany to England due to the rise of Hitler and the fascist state. One of the relatives of the brothers (perhaps a son) helped to start up a British toy company by the name of Trix.*
I decided not to add the written descriptions to the toy of each of the photos.
If you go to the April 9, 2016 auction at the link below, you will find the well-written and documented descriptions of the toys presented today.