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.
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Sunny with Clouds 25 C 77 F
The Master Toymaker Sends me
Photos of Another Toy
If you follow my blog, you will recognize the name of Mr. Christopher Ferrone. He's the president of a company called Americoach Systems, Inc in Chicago, Illinois.The company is invoked in Specialized Transport Technology, safety, management and logistics.
I don't know where Christopher finds the time to make his wonderful toys when he is the President of a company, but he does. He's quite a craftsman, and he manages to find old toys to make his unique "newer" toys.
The photo below illustrates the unfinished parts of this steam-shovel. The truck is a Ty-nee-tot,
while the steam shovel component is from a Structo toy. Both are from the 1940's. Chris also made some new parts for his composite brand-new steam-shovel truck.
Chris must have a great tool are and presses in order to make his toys. I even wonder if he works on his large-sized "real" coaches.
I've paraphrased (rewrote Chris's words) below:
THe boom has a hand crank to move the shovel up and down. This is not how the original toy was made. The rear stabilizers are also made, and are a modern-era component. The roof winch is from an old tow truck for the boom control for the boom control and for the payout (I assume "payout" means the unloading of the contents of the bucket).
Below is a photo of the finished toy. It certainly is beautiful, and still maintains an old look to it.
The image below is a well-taken photograph. It
illustrates how the shovel and bucket work to open the bucket to unload its' payload.
Below is an even better photograph.
You can tell from the front of the truck that it is from around the late 1930's-early 1950's. Chris knows his toys, and informed me that both toys are from the 1930's.
Below: A nice close-up photo of working mechanism for cranking the bucket up and down.
A nice side view of the finished toy
If you search looking for Christopher Ferrone's name, you'll find his other fine toys that he has made over the years. It's always a pleasure to receive these "surprises", and to call Chris, a friend.
I'm always happy to receive mail from readers. And so it was with Mr. Ezra Walker. He had found a very small toy car at a tag sale, and wanted to know if I could help him identify the toy. I couldn't but informed him that I would write a post with his permission.
The toy is 1 1/2" (37mm) and Ezra estimated the approximate hers of the toy to be around the 1920's-1930's. I'll have to ask Ezra what the toy is made from, but to me it looks like lead, since there are a lot of dents and bends that appear similar to lead when you bend or dent it.
So that's it for today, and I hope someone will help identify this small toy.