Monday, May 15, 2017

A Fabulous Grouping of Dent Airplanes

Monday, May 15, 2017
Cloudy with Sunny Periods
12 C    54 F



A Fabulous Collection of Dent Airplanes

     I was browsing some of my helpful auctioneers, when I came across  a great grouping of cast iron toys. One of the sub-groups happened to be a group of 6 Dent cast iron airplanes from the 1930's-1940's. You don't often see such groupings, so I decided to screen capture the group of these fine airplanes and post them today.If you venture forth to the web address below the Pook & Pook logo, you will be redirected to the Pook & Pook website.



Below is the grouping of 6 Dent airplanes. They're photographed excellently by the Pook & Pook photographers. When you go their website, and redirect to "past auctions", you will be able to view these airplanes.  When you click on the above link, you will read about the history of the 
Pook & Pook company. I was lucky to have visited their website, and found this rarer group of airplanes. The auction also went very well, judging by the prices that these airplanes (And other cast iron toys) received at the auction.

There was only 1 photo of each airplane. However, Pook & Pook offers a magnification 
feature that allows you to enlarge different parts of the airplane.

Nickel-Plated Engine & Propellers

12 1/2" ( 315 mm) wingspan
Nickel-Plated Engine & Propellers
12 1/2" ( 315 mm) wingspan
Nickel-Plated Engine & Propeller

10" (254 mm) wingspan
Nickel-Plated Engine & Propellers

12 1/2" ( 315 mm) wingspan
Nickel-Plated Engine & Propellers

12 3/4" ( 315 mm) wingspan
Figural Pilot
3" 75 mm) high

I've never seen a cast iron airplane with a pilot before!


Nickel-Plated Engine & Propellers

10" ( 254 mm) wingspan 

It looks like the weather is chaining to more sun than cloud. 
As well, the temperature forecast is going to be 21 C ( 70 F).
I'll be going for a 2 hour walk in order to get back
into shape for cycling. I need to strengthen my muscles so that 
I can then start to cycle again, as well as walk.



Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
Toysearcher@gmail.com





Friday, May 5, 2017

Mr. Ezra Walker Writes me Again

Thursday, May 5, 2017
Cloud with Rain
8 C  46 F

Mr. Ezra Walker Writes me Again



    Two days ago, I wrote a post about Mr. Ezra Walker.  In that post, Ezra had a small cast iron bus that needed identification, but I couldn't help him out. Today's post is about an anomaly (deviation).

The toy below is a cast iron Hubley truck from the 1940's. It originally came with a van for hauling cargo. I've seen these toys before, and I would estimate that the length of the toy is between 5"- 6"
(102 mm - 133 mm).






If you look closely at the writing on the undercarriage of the toy, you'll notice that the letter "L" 
of Hubley is either upside down or the letter is an "I". Also, the letters "S" and "A" of
U.S.A. are also upside down.

The question that Ezra asked me is whether or not I had noticed this before. I answered "no. When I was buying toys from ebay, I never purchased this particular Hubley truck, so I couldn't answer him.

If anyone reading this post has the same toy truck, could you please send me photos, as well as close-up photos of the lettering on the underside. I don't know if this toy that came from a particular casting was unique, or perhaps all of the same toy tucks had this upside down writing. However, it would be good to have someone provide an answer to Ezra's question!

Thanks for dropping by,
And as always, 
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

toysearcher@gmail.com
Stacey Bindman



Toyclaus - An Excellent ebay Seller

Friday, May 5, 2017
Cloud with Rain
8 C  46 F

Toyclaus
An Excellent ebay Seller

   Today's post id from last November (2016). I had worked on the post but never added it to my blog.
"Toyclaus" is a fine ebay seller whom I asked for permission to use his photos several years ago. What I wanted to write about is some of the factors that help bring success to ebay sellers. 

   If you look at the photos of Toyclaus, you'll notice several things:

  1. The photos are in focus.
  2. There are plenty of photos.
  3. The photos are exposed well, and
  4. Many different angles of the listings are used to present the toys in their best manner.

  I decided to covert the individual photos into a grouping of photos called a "montage".








As I mentioned a few days back, we've been having lots and lots of rain up here. April was almost a record for the month for the most rain in a month. Meanwhile, it's only May 5, and already 3 of the 5 days in the month have been overcast with rain. The next 6 days are projected to have rain again! 
Many of the citied around Montreal and elsewhere have been inundated with so much rain, that the rivers have overflowed their banks, and flooding of homes  has occurred.  

Hopefully, by mid-May, the rain will finally stop, and seasonal weather will prevail!

Thanks for dropping by,
And as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Toysearcher@gmail.com
Stacey Bindman



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Another Reader Asks for Help in Identifying an Old Toy

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Cold and Overcast
8 C  46 F

Another Reader Asks for Help
in Identifying an Old Toy

     It's been a miserable MArch and April, and so far May is not so great either. There hasn't been much sun, and there's too much rain. April almost broke the record for rain, and with the rain in May, we're seeing lots of flooding that hash;t been seen here in 20 years. Rivers are overflowing their banks, causing houses to be have water in their basements.

   Anyway, I was looking at my e-mails, when Mr. Ezra Walker  wrote and asked me if I could identify a toy. I could;t, but I asked for his permission to write a post for him, to see if anyone out there might help out. So that's the essence for today's post.






The toy is about 5" x  2" x 2" and looks like it was made from cast iron. Judging from the topmost photo of the side of the bus, the toy appears to have been made in the late 1930'd or early 1940's. 
The hubs for the tires are made from wood, and the tires were most likely rubber.

I tried to search for this toy from my catalogues, but I'm missing several catalogues from the 1930's-1940's, so I couldn't find any information on this toy. So if someone out there has a similar toy, or knows who made the toy, would you please write to me, to help out.

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or might,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
toysearchert@gmail.com



Saturday, April 22, 2017

An Unexpected Reader Asks for My Help

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cloudy
8 C  46 F


An Unexpected Reader Asks for My Help

   Periodically, I receive e-mails from readers asking me to identify a toy. So was the case of Mr. Tom Rutherford, Sr.  He send me photos of a nice old pedal car and asked me for information. Unfortunately, I didm;t have much experience in writing about pedal cars. I invited Tom to be a "guest" on my blog, and asked for his permission to use his photos and dialogue for today's post.

In his own words:

Please assist me in identifying this old pedal tractor.  I have researched for a long time and have not found this tractor.  Please provide the following:

Manufacturer and geographical location
  • Date(s) produced
  • Rarity
  • Value as is
  • Value when restored
  • Any additional information





I complimented Tom on his very fine photography, and waited until today to add Tom's post to this blog. In the interim, I mentioned to Tom  that the front ornament loped like an American car ornament.

Tom wrote back to say:

Hi again!
Just identified the auto emblem.  It is a Cadillac emblem.  It's frequently referred to as the "duck" emblem (ducks appear inside emblem).  It first appeared in 1930.  Another came out in 1947.  After that, the same emblem was surrounded by various separate borders.

I'm going to see if Cadillac produced any tractors.  I doubt it.  Only a wealthy family would be able to purchase these pedal cars.

I'll quickly e-mail you if I come across any other pertinent information.

Thanks again!
Tom Rutherford

A few days letter, another e-mail arrived from Tom:

Hi again!
Just identified the wagon.  The sun was shining on the side of the wagon just right.  I was finally able to see the faint inscription and picture.  It's a Radio Flyer 1933 Streak-O-Lite.  The "picture" is three passenger cars of a train.  Perhaps to can answer my original questions about this wagon, the horse and buggy, and tractor.
Thanks again!
Tom Rutherford, Sr.


   There are still several questions that have to be answered. So if there is anyone out there who has the answers to the questions below, would you be so kind as to write me:

1. How Rare is this toy?

2. What is the value of this toy - as is, without restoration?

3. What is the value of this toy - restored ?

  I was more ambitious than usual today, and so I added 2 posts for today. As I mention before, we've been getting lots of rain  up here in Montreal, and today is no exception. So what better way to keep occupied than to add a few posts to my blog!

Thanks for visiting,
And as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
Toysearcher@gmail.com

Another Fine Restoration by Tom Sanders

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Overcast
8 C  46 F


Another Fine Restoration 
by Mr. Tom Sanders



Recently, I was fortunate enough to have hearted from Mr. Tom Sanders . Tom 
specializes in  creating and modifying old toys into customized finished models for his clients.
If you search my blog for "Tom Sanders", or Mr. Tom Sanders, you will find the many exemplary 
pieces of work that he has done in the near-distant past.
In Tom's own words:

Stacey et al,

"Another unique application. This time its to fix a wounded bird. I purchased this woeful Wyandotte Twin Engine Transport a few weeks back. It had suffered through a "stabilizer-ectomy" years ago when someone removed the two stabilizers. it was also missing its Fin, Propellers and the stock "panted" landing gear. Still, it is 1930's steel and worth making whole again. Years ago I had an interview with a past employee of Wyandotte All Metal Products, Inc. at an antique show in Michigan. He was the same gentleman that sold me that Wyandotte toy airplane Sirius "convertible". He related that Wyandotte had many concepts and plans to add to their toy line but WW2 and lost market shares dwindled the hopes for many of these concepts. One in particular was the idea of producing the Wyandotte Twin Engine Transport with a new stabilizer with twin fins that were popular on Lockheed airliners and the Beechcraft B-18 "Twin Beech" airplanes. Their goal was to come close to the airplane used as the get-away vehicle in the movie Casablanca.   

This airplane that I purchased pretty much fit the bill and so I proceeded to modify the airplane into a Lockheed 10a ala' Casablanca."



"Once again, another list of tasks-
1) remove the lead paint and inspect the steel and cust surfaces.
2) Cut, stamp and bend the stabilizer/fins combo piece and solder in place.
3) Remove the tail wheel (the wood wheel was saved for a future resto)
4) Cut and solder two steel plates under the stabilizer to allow the body lines to continue aft.
5) create a new tail wheel assembly featuring a wheel with an aluminum hub and rubber tire.
6) Create a new main gear system that also features wheels with aluminum hubs and rubber tires.
7) Paint the airplane using a period style Lockheed lightning bolt (for their Electra models) 
8) Install a Pair of Sandman Overhaul retro-fit prop kits.

That pretty much sums up the project. Interesting that it sold within 17 hours after I started my Buy-It-Now Auction to an ex Beech 18 pilot."





This customized restoration is another example of the fine work that Tom does through his company- Sandman Overhaul.

If you go to the web address below, you can see many examples of the fine work that Tom has done for his clients. It's certainly great to see what can be created with old toys to bring them 
"back to life".

So that's it for this Saturday. April has been a near-record for rainfall here in Quebec. Several of the cities around Montreal, Quebec have been inundated with rising levels of river water that have caused flooding. Hopefully, May will be a much better month, and the waters will abate.

Thanks for dropping by,
And as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
Toysearcher@gmail.coim




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tom Sanders Helps Out

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Overcast
9 C 48F



Tom Sanders Helps Out


   My previous post was about Christopher Ferrone and his creativity with restoring old toys into new ones "with a twist". In that post, Christopher took 2 old toys from the 1930's and metamorphosed (changed) them into one. The new model , a combination of the 2 toys appeared to actually resemble a toy from the 1930's.

   In today's post, Mr. Tom Sanders wrote me and presented a nice airplane that he restored.  In Tom's case, he creates marvellous models from old toys, but  on a commercial basis (he is commissioned to create them). In the example below, he custom-made a base plate that holds a Wyandotte China Clipper airplane (to represent) a  Martin M-130 China Clipper at the time.


Above: Tom Sanders' trademark logo

Some information about Pan-Am.

Please click here to visit Wikipedia's fine article on Pan-Am
(If the link doesn't work, type in the words "Wikipedia" and Pan-Am to visit the exact page of reference)

Pan-Am was the largest American passenger aircraft company in the USA from 1927-1991.
The company was created in 1927 and started to fly between Key West (Florida) and Havana (Cuba). This route was highly successful, and eventually led to the airplane expanding into South-America. Having been financially strong, the Pan-Am was able to purchase less-successful  South American companies to expand its' South-American Business. Most of the South American business was on the west coast of South America. Example of key cities were Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile), and Caracas (Venezuela) Also included were Mexico City (Mexico.) The airline also earned added revenue (Money) by having won the rights to carry mail (airmail) between America and the South American routes. Many of the airplanes were what were called "flying boats) that were capable of taking off and landing in the water.


The Pan-Am Logo
*Image courtesy of Wikipedia


A Sikorsky S-42 Airplane
*Image courtesy of Wikipedia

As you can see in the poster below, the route of Pan-Am was quite exotic. It's quite amazing how relatively inexpensive (to 2017 prices) the cost of flying to South-America was at the time. Of course, the buying power of a 1941 US Dollar was quite different from a 2017 American Dollar.
A Pan-Am 1941 Itinerary (Route) 
*Image courtesy of Wikipedia



Stacey,

Hope you are doing well and the Blog is rolling along. I will send you a couple of projects to consider.  This first is unique project. The owner is a collector of Pan Am artifacts from the Flying Boat era. He acquired a model stand some years ago that was missing its original model of the Martin M-130 China Clipper. We had some dealings earlier this year and contacted me with an unusual request, would I consider rebuilding a Wyandotte Pressed Steel Toy Clipper into a model?  Interesting thought as there are a few people making nice cast models. The reason is that he absolutely wanted a period produced model and those are as rare as hen's teeth!!

Part I 
(Creating the new model)

Below are the modifications that Tom initiated to meet the requirements of the client. You can see the extensive work that Tom did to create a wonderful model for his client/

There were a great number of modifications needed to make this work. Here is a partial list-
1) Rear wheel was removed and the belly pan modified to accept the fixture's "saddle" mount.
2) Wings were relocated 1/2 further aft and lowered by 1/2"
3) Tailing edge of the wing was tapered to match the M-130
4) Four new struts were created and soldered to the bottom of the wing. The sponsons both have new receptor holes for the bottom pins of the struts.
5) The main landing gear system was removed, the struts folded back up into the sponsons and gaps filled with solder then sanded smooth.
6) Brass plates were soldered to the bottoms of the sponsons to eliminate the hollowed-out effect.
7) New props, engine fronts/shafts (pop rivets!) and cowlings (brass tubes with aluminum inserts) were crafted and installed.
8) the tail assembly was soldered and bend-over tangs were removed.
9) More windows were added to the cockpit area (cut, grind, sand)
10) Two-tone silver and black paint to match prototype.




PArt II
(The finishing touched)





It's really great to see these old toys being restored and modified for collectors. In this case, the combination of the airplane model with the base plate of the world and focussing on North and South America. 

It's too bad that Pan-Am had to close down, because the airline had wonderful air routes for those who liked exotic places to visit at the time (and still today).

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Christopher W. Ferrone Helps Out

Sunday April 9, 2017
Partly Sunny
6 C  41 F


 Christopher W. Ferrone Helps Out

    Finally the weather is getting nicer. Up here in Montreal, it was a somewhat average winter. There wasn't as much snow as usual, but in the last several weeks, we had a huge snowfall of  about 17 3/4 inches  (45 cm). And just this week, there was rain all day long for 3 days. Today, it's finally sunny but cool. But this upcoming Monday, it's going to be 20 C (68 F). 

   I received an e-mail from a friend by the name of Christopher W. Ferrone. He's the President of Americoach Systems, Inc. In Chicago (Illinois, USA). When he's not busy managing his company, his hobby is to take old toys and restore them . Sometimes he just restores them without any changes, and sometimes he alters them like the toy that I'm presenting today.

In Christopher's own words

Hi Stacey

here is a new truck and steam shovel I just completed

the truck is a 1930's Wyandotte, and the steam shovel is a 1920's Metal Craft

both were sand blasted and modified

Note the cab of the truck has been extended slightly and a Portal window has been added, check out the vertical exhaust stack from the hood of the truck .

The steam shovel formerly had its own set of wheels, but I thought it would be cool to mount it on the rear for the truck, I fabricated the base mounting system .

Both pieces are base coat metal flake, and clear coat......hardly "period" for the 20's and 30's, but a cool "spin" and a modern look ??

Both of these toys were broken when I got them.  I only buy broken toys, no fun if it is all together ....right ?

again......sorry for the terrible photos......but at least you get to see my kitchen....hahahah!

Thanks for posting all of my work !

I hope you like this toy

thanks

Chris

  When I Wrote this blog 4-5 years ago, I also liked to restore toys, but nowhere near the excellent skills of Christopher. I would remove the old paint, find replacement parts, then re-paint the toy. Christopher, on the other hand is an "artiste". Not only does he restore toys, but he works with broken toys, and even is creative. In the case of today,s toy, it is unique. It's a "creation" from 2 toys put together with Christopher's fantastic abilities. 








   If Christopher hadn't informed me that this toy was a combination of 2 toys, I would have thought that it was an authentic toy from the 1930's, such is the skill of Christopher. I always enjoy receiving
e-mails from Christopher, because Ian always anticipating new "art" from his magnificent abilities.

  His e-mail gave me the impetus (motivation) to write this post and to start writing again.  

 So thanks Christopher for your kind effort to help me out, and I especially liked this most unique toy.


Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
wherever yo umay be,

Stacey Bindman
toysearcher@gmail.com