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, January 30, 2018
Introducing The Tin Toy Car Company
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Overcast and Snowing +2C 35.6 F
I was doing a Google search for tin toys when I discovered the Tin Toy Car company. Naturally, I went to the site and found a well-organized and well-photographed website. As I started to browse the site, I found lots of nice tin toys that I assume are rare due to their their prices. Also, the important thing was that the owner specifically added the words "Original Tin Toy" to each toy that was original, compared to knockoffs (reproductions). These "knockoffs" might have been copied and produced later on in places such as China.
The website of the Tin Toy Car company is organized by the type of toy produced. The categories are Cars, Robots, Space Toys, Motorcycles, Pedal Cars, and "Others". The "Other" category contains such tin toys as airplanes, tanks, human figures , and busses. Of the categories, each one is organized as to battery, windup, friction, and parts.
The 1950's and 1960's were the golden age of Japanese Tin Toys. The 1940's and 1950's
were the start-up after WWII. During this time, many new Japanese toy companies were created to manufacturer toys. The world had returned to normal after WWII, and Japanese toy manufacturers were producing loads of toys. The American manufacturers had a hard time, as they simply were having a hard time competing with the Japanese competition. The Japanese could make toys at a much lower price. What surprised me most was the value of these toys. The Masudaya MT toy below must be very rare, as the asking price is $ 6500.00 US dollars. Of course, not all 1950's-1960's Japanese toys are valuable or rare, so it's best to consult with a used toy seller who sells these toys!