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.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Rick's Toybox Revisited
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Sunny with Clouds -9 C 15.8 F
I've been revisiting old posts and people to see how I can add new posts about them. Rick has helped me out in the past.I've written about his store and how he sells replacement decals of old toys that are missing them.
However, Rick also happens to sell fine toys on ebay. So when I revisited Rick's website on
ebay, I did a search emphasizing toys from the most expensive to the least. Sure enough, I found 5 toys in total, with 3 toys I had not seen seen before, and 2 old toys that are in demand by collectors.
Vintage Cast Iron Kenton Overland Circus Truck
with Lion and Driver.
Length x Height: 7.5" x 4.5" 191 mm x 105 mm
Vintage Arnold Tin Toy Wind-Up
Daredevil Motorcycle Driver and Acrobat
Circa: late 1940's-1950's
Length x Height: 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" 215 mm x 311 mm
The way to date this toy is from when it was made.
In this case, part of Rick's description was "Made in Western Germany"
This informs us that that was the name of part of Germany after WWII. At that
time, Germany was divided into Western and Eastern Germany.
Vintage Structo Army Tank
Pressed Steel Military Tank
Length x Height: 12.5" x 6.5" 306" x 165"
Vintage Marx Tin Gas Roadside Pumps, Grease, Motor Oil
Pressed tin with rubber hoses
Length x Height: 9.5" x 5.5" 241 mm x 140 mm
Vintage Kingsbury Golden Arrow Racer
Pressed Steel Toy, Wind-up, Blue
Length: 19 1/2" 496 mm
Modelled after Sir Malcolm Campbell's (British) famous racer Modelled after Sir Malcolm Modelled after Sir Malcolm Campbell's (British) famous racer, the "Blue Bird",
he set the land speed record at Daytona (Florida, USA) in 1931
to 246 mph (396 km/h) and some time later to 251 mph (396 km/h)
Writing about the last toy, which was modelled after a real-life racer that
raced at Daytona Beach, Florida (USA), I sure would rather
be there than up here in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).
Oh well, there's a mere 46 days left until March 20, which is the first day of spring!