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.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Searching for Information About a Toy
Sunday, December 31, 2017 Sunny with Blue Skies -22 C -7.6 F
The above image is a screen-capture from the U.S.PAtent Office website. The address in the
rectangle where you type addresses shows a more-specific address for searching. What you have to do is to search. I got the patent number from an excellent resource book on these cast ironmechanical banks from a book titled "A History of Antique Mechanical Toy Banks", by Al Davidson. The publisher is Long's America, and the book was published in 1987.
The red arrow is pointing to where you have to enter the patent number. Since this toy was patented in 1897, you have to add another number at the beginning - a "0" (zero). The U.S. Patent Office requires a minimum of 7 numbers for a numerical search.
Below, you can see the added "0" that I added to the search.
The image below is the result of the search.
This has brought up a new window, and from here,
you can search for an image (where the blue arrow is pointing).
Below is the result of the search.
This helps to verify that this toy was in fact
made in the U.S.A.
However*, if you were at a flea market, you might come across a
modern-day reproduction of this toy. There is no worry by bidding either on
Liveauctioneers or Bertoia Auctions. Both are very highly reputable.
The screen-capture below if from p.119 of the
Al Davidson book published by Long's America.
Mr. Davidson'w was quite thorough in explaining how the toy worked, as well
as providing information to authenticate the "real toy".
Finally below are 3 excellent photos of the
actual cast iron mechanical bank for sale.
The name of this toy is "I always did 'spise' a mule".
So this is the last post for 2017. I want to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year.