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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Overcast and Raining 16 C 61 F
A Reader Finds Out
About Her Own Toy
Periodically, I get asked if I can help out with the manufacturer of a toy and when it was made.
A few weeks again, I received a request for those same reasons. I was unable to discover the information that the reader by the name of Laura Taylor had asked for. I wrote back to say so. Later, Laura replied that she had discovered information about her toy, and for what "real" race car this toy was modelled after. It turned out that this toy was modelled after a famous Audi race car that had made a record speed run on an oval speed track in Germany in 1937. The race car had travelled over 400 km/hr (248.5 mph). For 1937 that was certainly very fast! There were some Audi rings that were on the toy car, but for myself were not visible.
Below are the photos that Laura was so kind to allow me to use, as well as some photos that I found on the Internet.
Interestingly, Laura Taylor found a buyer for this wonderful toy within the
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Overcast and Rainiung 22 C 72 F
Another Interesting Request
for a Toy Identification
I often get requests from readers to help them identify their nice toys. A few weeks ago, I received a request from Mr. Race Owens to help him in identifying a toy of his. What I usually do is to ask the reader if he/she can send me photos of their toy, and I'll write a post for them. Possibly, one of my readers will help to identify the toy.
Here's what Race wrote to me:
"Hello! My name is Race Owens. I have a wind-up toy with an unknown maker. The logo is a capital S in a circle. It seems to be more likely Strauss than Schoenhut but the logo resembles examples from the latter. "
Race obviously knows about toys, since he mentioned 2 older toy manufacturers by the respective names of "Strauss" and "Schoenhut".
So, if there is someone out there who can help with the identification of this toy., both Race, and myself would be very grateful. Below are the photos that race sent me to help with the discovery of this "mysterious toy".
The toy is a wind-up toy that has a drummer drum .
The photo below is excellent because it's the logo of the company that manufactured the toy.
So that's it for today. Tomorrow or the next day, I have another toy that will also need help with its' identification. If you know who the manufacturer of today's toy is, by all means please write me.
I can always be reached at the e-mail address below:
As always, thanks for dropping by, and have a great day, and a nice upcoming Labour Day.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Overcast with potential rain 23 C 74 F
Another Reader Needs Help
in Identifying Her Toy
In the last several weeks, I've received inquiries from readers asking if I could identify or authenticate their toys. Today's interesting acrobat toy is from Carol Caraher. The toy is rusted, and has the writing "Made in Germany" on it. So if you can help identify this toy, please feel free to write.
The toy is made from tin, and has a wind-up mechanism for the acrobat to do turns on the metal "traspeze". There is what I think is a logo, of a clown in a circle (4th photo down).
My e-mail address is:
So please have a look, and if you can help Carol identify her toy, that would be helpful.
June 23, 2018 Overcast with potential rainshowers 22 C 72 F
Is This Toy
an Authentic Paya?
From time-to-time, I get inquiries from toy collectors about the authenticity of their toys. I've only had a brief experience with owing old toys, and that was when I first started to write about them. That was when I first started to blog. As such, I am by far not an expert. I periodically will add a post for someone if they send me photos, and ask my readers if they can identify a toy.
Today's nice toy is from Kristen Lopez. The toy has some markings on it, that would be Paya logos, but since I cannot truly identify the toy as a Paya, I can't say it is a Paya. Anyway, below are 8 nice photos that Kristen took for this post, and I hope someone out there will be able to help her out. Kristen did do some research about her toy. She learned that the original Paya toys from the 1920's were not numbered. The reproductions from the 1980's had numbers. Kristen's Paya toy does not have numbers.
Feel free to write me at :
Lately, I haven't been writing very much. I needed a rest from writing, and I've covered a lot of material in the 6 years that I've been writing. I'm always interested in reader's to send me their toy photos, and I can always write a post about you and your nice toys. So keep this in mind when you're reading my blog. Of course, I will return to writing soon.
Yesterday, I was searching out new potential material for posts,
when I came across the current RSL Auction Company's website.
I had written recently (January 2018) about this great company and had returned
to see what's up. Sure enough, the website had been updated. Perhaps I
hadn't been attentive enough before, but the new component
was in being able to download old and new catalogue auctions.
This is great, because I can search through their catalogues
on my computer without using up too much download data on my Internet supplier.
Also, I could see many toys on one page.
Below are the latest 3 auctions scheduled for June 2018
Today's post is about the Tom and Lori Sage auction.
Below is a screen-capture from the very large auction website liveAuctioneers.
liveAuctioneers is a company that manages the presentation and bidding for auctioneers.
It's one of the largest types of these company's in the world! You register yourself on this website and bid for merchandise. The actual merchandise delivery is handled by the auction company (e.g. RSL Auction Company) which then ships the winning merchandise to your home or office.
The owners of the RSL Auction Company have known Tom and Lori Sage for a long time, and have become friends with them. As such, the Sages had selected RSL to be their auctioneer.
Below is a screen-capture of the liveAuctioneers website.
Below is a well-written introduction about the collectors, Tom and Lori Sage.
When you visit the RSL Auction Company, you'll find a web page that
allows you to download the 3 auctions coming up in the beginning of June 2018.
Below is the download place for the Sage collection.
Below is the most expensive mechanical bank in the Sage Collection.
It's called The Mikado Bank.
The next mechanical bank is called the Merry-Go-Round. It also is very expensive.
Interestingly, it was selected for the cover of one of my reference books-
A History of Antique Mechanical Toy Banks. It was published byLong's American,
and the author is Mr. Al Davidson.
The final bank for today's post is titled "Clown, Harlequin, and Columbine".
I only selected the three most-expensive mechanical banks for this post.
As you can see and read, Both liveAuctioneers and the RSL Auction Company
are excellent websites to research mechanical banks and toys.
Some people write to me and ask if I can identify a toy for them.
If you ask me to identify a toy, please send accompanying photos of the toy.
The photos should include different angles of the toy, and if there is
any writing on the toy that also.
This helps la lot in helping me help you. The photos should be taken from skylight
entering through your window. Sun is too harsh and contrasty.
Also, a white reflector opposite the toy and the skylight will reflect
light into the shadows of the toy.
The size of the photos should be at least 4" x 6"
and about 144 dpi (dots per inch),
or about 4 MB.
So that's it for today.
Thanks for coming by,
And as always,
Have a great part of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.
he skylight will help to add light into the shadow areas.
"Less than known examples still exist in what has come to be considered one of the
best known historically important banks ever made.The front panel of this exceptional
museum quality piece reads "Freedman's Bank", which gains its inspiration from
the Freedman's Bank for newly freed slaves as established by the U.S. Congress.
The added detail of the seated black man able to thumb his nose and give a jeering look
at all depositors when the clockwork is activated is so amazing in concept, it must
be seen to be appreciated. The provenance is just amazing. It was discovered in a market in
Mexico and sold to an antiquities dealer who was diligent enough to distinguished collector, Andrew Emerine's wanted ad, and the rest is history, and here documented with the
actual letters of this bank's incredible journey.
Provenance: Andrew Emerine to Edwin H. Mosler Jr. to Stanley Sax
to Max Berry Collection.
Minor repair repair to head, and redressed using original cloth material.
Estimated: $ 100,000.00 - $ 200,000.00 USD
History of the Freedman's Bank
At the end of the American Civil War, the poor economic conditions of the formerly enslaved freedmen was aggravated by the economic devastation of the Southern states. The newly freed African Americans had few economic resources or capital and even less exposure to private enterprise. Many soon turned to sharecropping and forced labor in the South. To help alleviate their socio-economic conditions, the Republican-controlled U. S. Congress established the Freedmen's Bureau, passing an act of incorporation and a charter for the Freedman's Saving and Trust Company, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1865.Originally headquartered in New York City, the first branch of the company opened in Baltimore, Maryland. By 1866, the bank had established 19 branches in 12 states, mainly in the South. The national headquarters was moved to Washington, D.C. the following year.]*
The company had been created specifically as a depository for African-American veterans, as well as former slaves and their families to build their savings. However, it also enabled numerous community organizations to increase their financial strength and expand their activities. The company attracted a large number of societies, churches, charities, and other private organizations that opened accounts and established trusts with the company. With the assistance of the company, numerous hospitals, schools and institutions, such as the St. Elizabeth Home for Colored Children and the St. Francis Xavier Church's Orphan Aid Society, were established. Noted community leaders and civil rights activists served as the management of several trusts and held other important positions in the bank. A large number of African American soldiers and veterans of the war opened savings accounts in the banks; the management of their funds was organized through an allotment system supervised by the officers of the various army regiments.*
The recent trend in toy sellers has been to use large-sized auction companies to sell their toys.
Toys of Times Past has now decided to use Invaluable as their auctioneer to auction their toys. When you press the "please click" line, you will in fact be redirected to the auction on the Invaluable website.
I've selected only toys from a Japanese company by the name of ALPS. Like many toys companies in Japan, after WWII, the Alps company was founded in 1948. The company was founded by a man by the name of Mr. Kuramochi Shoten, who had been an employee of another company by the name of CK.The ALPS company produced mechanical tin plate toys such as toy cars, space toys, and moving wind-up animated/clockwork animals. These toys were very popular in North America. Later on, many of the ALPS company were designed as battery-operated toys. Eventually,
the company abandoned their toy business in the 1970's and chose to concentrate on their other division of manufacture - consumer and industrial electronics.**