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.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Another Old Kenton Toy from Antique Toys
Saturday, December 3, 2016 Sunny with some clouds -1 C 30 F
Yesterday morning, I received several e-mails from Mr. J. Edward Sanford.Ed happens to be the owner of Antique Toys, and he and I communicate from time-to-time. In one of his e-mails he sent me photos of a beautiful 1923 Dodge open air touring car made by Kenton in 1923.
Kenton Dodge Open Air Touring Ca
Painted cast iron with driver
Ed found a nice photo opt the "real" Dodge Touring Car from 1923.
If you visit Shorpy.com, you'll find lots of old photos that Shorpy specializes in selling. Shorpy has purchased many exceptional large-format negatives from which they have made excellent prints from. Large-format negatives are 4" x5" up to 98" x 10". Talking megapixels, a 4" x 5" scanned negative is probably at 300 dpi (dots per inch, a file size of 100 Mb, while the 8" x 10" @ 300 dpi is about 275-300 Mb. We're talking serious file sizes here, and the detail and quality of these negatives is unsurpassed! THe image below is a small fire screen-captured from their website.
Ed did the research to find out that the Kenton toy was from a 1923 catalogue. I happen to have the old Kenton catalogues on a CD that I purchased fro ma website a while back. The touring car came in 2 sizes - 9 1/2" (240 mm) and 12" (305 mm).
The photo below is one of the smaller Kenton Dodge Open Air Touring Cars,
measuring 9 1/2" ( 240 mm). I like this one better that the larger one, because of the nice colouring to it with the yellows, red and blue colours. Also, this one came with a passenger, as well as the chauffeur.
So that's it for today, a short but sweet post on a nice toy from a fine