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 reason that I've added two links above is for a reason. The photographs on liveauctioneers are larger. On the Dan Morphy website, the written details of the toys are much more elaborate.
The weather certainly is not springlike up here in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). It's been raining freezing rain on us, followed by snow pellets. This is spring in Quebec. Fortunately, I haven't yet changed from winter tires to summer tires.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Bertoia Auctions had increased the size of their photos. Today, as I was perusing through liveauctioneers, Dan Morphy had also increased the size of his photos. Not only that, but he (his photographer of course) had placed toys against a white background. That's most certainly helped me out, since I no longer have to use Photoshop to remove other backgrounds.
I just selected 2 fine cast iron mechanical banks for today's post. It's difficult to find different ones from the ones I already have on my blog. However, the two banks today were photographed superbly with lots of nice and detailed photos.
Cast Iron Indian (Native American) Shooting Bear Mechanical Bank
This bank was manufactured by J.& E. Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut.
Pull the trigger under the Native American, place a coin on the gun.
When the trigger is pulled, the Head of the Native American drops, and the coin
is shot into the slot of the bear's stomach.
Length x Height: 10.5" x 7.75" 26.7 cm x 19.7 cm
William Tell Mechanical Bank manufactured by J. & E. Stevens
Pull the coin launcher back (on the top surface of the gun) until
it is in the locked position. The figure lowers his head as if aiming,
A coin is placed on the rifle the shooter's right foot is pressed,
and the coin is fired into the slot above the head and the apple falls
off the boy's head.
Length x Height: 10.5" x 6.75" 26.7 cm x 17.2 cm
There are a lot of nice toys included in this auction, so have a look
at both the websites and see if there is anything that you like.
Yesterday, I already posted a nice collection of Popeye toys for sale. These toys are from the same auction that I'm posting about today. The reason for my calling this auction "exceptional", is that many of the toys from this auction are toys that I have not seen before, or that I think I've not seen before. What also is great about this auction is that the photos of these toys are extra-large, so that you can see the fine detail of the toys.
Citroen Au Louvre Delivery Van
Detailed features such as nickel radiator, hand crank for starting the motor
and front axle with functioning steering knuckles.
Hand painted and clockwork driven.
Length: 15" 38 cm
Pinard Open Touring Car
Hand painted clockwork touring car, with
wonderful pin striping, brass door handles, cast metal headlamps and horn.
Length: 14 .5 " 37 cm
Rico Auto-Cars-Turismo Tour Bus
Spanish tour bus, clockwork driven, lithographed driver
and luggage rack on roof. Spare tire missing rubber.
Length: 19" 48.2 cm
Carette Two Seater Car
Classic form of a 1906 German toy luxury auto,
lithographed tin throughout, clockwork driven,
with removeable headlights on the sides.
Figure and steering wheel missing.
Pinot Boat Tail Open Touring Car
Hand painted French convertible touring car
with large attractive head lamps, detailed fabric
cushions on seats,floral patterns on door handles,
and hand operated horn running from the driver's side to the left fender.
Provenance: Jack Hubert Collection
Length: 18" 45.7 cm
French Convertible Touring Car
Battery operated head lamps, elaborate brass handles on each of
its two opening doors, a fabric convertible top, glass windshield,
large nickel headlamps mounted on its' hood, Missing front headlamps.
Length: 17" 43.2 cm
Early German Cloth Dirigible
Attributed to Ernest Plank,
cloth covered body, tin wire frame support, gondola highlighted in red,
single propeller, clockwork driven.
Length: 13.5" 34.3 cm
Tippco (Boxed) Bomber Airplane,
Lithographed tin airplane with bomb graphics
appearing on wings, seated composite pilot, cleverly designed
with lead cap bombs/weights placed under wings and able
to drop when clockwork is activated.
Provenance: Donald Kaufman Collection
Wingspan: 14.5" 36.8 cm
Jep Seaplane with Pontoons
French lithographed tin sea plane,
Strong clockwork driven motor winds from the cockpit,
features seated composition pilot.
Length: 19" 48.3 cm
Kingsbury (USA) Bi-Wing Airplane
Wind-up motor-driven airplane.
Length: 15" 38 cm
Dent (USA) Tri-Motor Ford Airplane
Includes sample toy tag #493, red paint
with gilt lettering. Second casting.
L x W: 12.5" x 11" 31.8 cm x 28 cm
There are 1,035 lots (items) in this auction, and there are all kinds of toys ranging from motorcycles, airplanes, cars, bicycles, and may interesting items. Due to the high-quality and file size of the images (as well as the excellent photography), it's well worth it to visit either the Bertoia Auctions website, or Liveauctioneers, where the auction is also listed.
I haven't been posting lately. I'm a bit "pooped out", and after 1405 posts, you get tired of writing and trying to find new material. I was awaiting several people who said they were going to send me photos to write their posts, but they probably were busy with their everyday regimen.
Easter and Passover came and went, and today is almost the middle of the month of April. The weather forecast is predicting overcast skies with freezing rain and between 4-10 cm (2-5 inches) of snow. I thought Passover was over, and there weren't going to be any more plagues! The good news is that my tulips are growing and their leaves are showing through the earth. Our small city throws away the tulip bulbs at the end of the summer, and allows us to "salvage" them . That's great, and I save money as well whenever something is offered "for free". The city's rational is that it's less-expensive to buy new tulip bulbs, than to clean and store old ones. My gain, their loss.
Returning to today's topic, the upcoming auction for Bertoia Auctions is scheduled for April 27-28, 2018. Bertoia Auctions has lots of fine toys, but my eye was attracted to a small collection of Popeye toys.
Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar.] The character first appeared in the dailyKing Features comic strip. , Thimble Theatre, on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip's title in later years; Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and animated cartoons.
Segar's Thimble Theatre strip was in its 10th year when Popeye made his debut, but the one-eyed (left) sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip, and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. After Segar's death in 1938, Thimble Theatre was continued by several writers and artist, most notably Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip continues to appear in first-run installments in its Sunday edition, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories.
In 1933, Max Fleisher adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the sailortheatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures.These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and Fleischer—and later Paramount's own Famous Studios—continued production through 1957. These cartoon shorts are now owned by Turner Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner , and distributed by its sister company Warner Bros. Entertainment.*
Courtesy of Wikipedia*
Chein Lithographed tin toy depicts Popeye speed punching a celluloid bag
suspended from a canopy on a wire frame. The box is a replacement.
Height: 10" 25.4 cm
Linemar (Japan) lithographed tin, battery operated action toy
depicts Popeye sitting on an oversized spinach can, while smoking his pipe and waving.
Height: 9" 22.8 cm
Linemar (Japan) colourful tin depiction of Popeye on a tricycle,
with cloth pants and a bell on the back ringing as the bike rides.
Height: 7" 17.8 cm
Scarce Linemar (Japan) colourful lithographed toy
characters, have spring bodies attached on a hand car.
I'm always on the search for new toys, when I came across Mr. Heinrich S. Bernd's
nice selection of 1940's tin wind-up European toys. What initially caught my eye was that first photo below It's a nice wide-angle photo of a toy placed on the dashboard of the car. Of course, this is not a recommended place to put anything while driving a car.
I've seen similar toys like the 3 below, and they could be either German, French, or British.
In fact, the immediate blue car below indicates that it is "Made in Germany", while the last red toy car is in fact a Chad Valley (Great Britain) toy.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Sunny with Clouds +7 C 44.6 F
The Magical Talents
of Christopher Ferrone
A few years ago, I received a letter from Mr. Christopher Ferrone with some nice photos of a refurbished and restored toy. I thanked Christopher for the photos and naturally, I added a post about him and his super skills at toy restoration. From time to time, I receive "surprises" in my e-mail account from Christopher. Each time, I am more and more impressed with his mastery of toy restoration, and even metamorphosing old toys into new designs.
Christopher happens to be president of Americoach Systems, Inc., which also is affiliated with the Chicago Sightseeing Company, and I'm sure is owned by Christopher. Chris not only has the sight-seeing company, but I decided to check up on him for writing purposes. I discovered that he has a location where he also repairs and maintains his fleet of sightseeing busses. Aha! So that's where he got his skills to be able to make such nice toys.
Today's toy happens to be a Canadian-made Lincoln toy toy truck
from the 1950's. Lincoln toys were well made and included both trucks and farm toys.
The toys were produced by Milner Metal Products t6hat was located in Windsor, & Tilbury,Ontario, Canada.