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 Martin Auction Co is located in Anna, Illinois (USA) and is at the southernmost tip of the state. The company under Mr. Red Martin has been in business for 48 years. The company
prides itself in bringing the very best in antique furniture, glassware, and collectibles.
When you are searching for the Martin Auction Co, please be sure to type in the search area
"Martin Auction Co". The reason for this is that there is another company with the same name but is called Martin Auction Company with the word company spelled in full. What you don't want to do is mix the 2 companies up.
Martin Auction Co is affiliated both with Auction Zip, and Liveauctioneers. You can find their current auctions and past auctions on Liveauctioneers.
While I was looking for toys on liveauctioneers, I find that the Martin Auction Co had a very good amount of tin toys. These toys were made in the 1850's-1890's's and later in the USA. What I like about these very old toys, and true "antiques" is their simplicity. They remind me of American folk art. Two of the more famous companies at the time that made these toys were Altoph Bergmann and George Brown. However, in this auction, none of the toys have been identified by the name of the company that manufactured them. I would think that there were a lot of minor other companies who also produced these toys.