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.
The Girard decal is an easy way to identify a Girard toy.
I'm not sure if the Girard toy company was located in Girard, Pennsylvania (USA), but one of the Marx manufacturing plants was.
1930's Kingsbury Pressed Steel Greyhound Bus
painted pressed steel with 4 Kingsbury black rubber tires
L x W X H: 18" x 4 3/4" x 5 5/8"
457 mm x 120 mm x 143 mm
The bottom photo (above) and its' enlargement show you the patented wind-up mechanism for the Kingsbury bus. This wind-up mechanism was used in all of their tires that we're able to move on their own. It's an easy way to know that a toy is a Kingsbury.
Rare Ferdinand Strauss Windup Speed Boat Tin Toy
lithographed tin, metal wheels in front, while the rear wheel is made of wood
and can be switched to control the boat's direction
L x W x H: 9 3.4" x 2 3/4" x 2 1/2"
248 mm x 70 mm x 63 mm
The logo in the above photo easily identifies a Ferdinand Strauss toy.