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.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Visiting Toydecals again
Friday, February 23, 2018 Cloud with rain and snow 4 C 39.2 F
I often visit Rick's Toybox website on ebay. His store is titled "Toydecals", and as you can tell,
he sells replacement authentic-looking toy decals. However, he also sells toys, and always seems to have rare and interesting old toys.
The 2 wooden toys were made by the Buddy "L" company during World War II (WWII).
During the war years, metal was rationed out in the USA. As such, the government created strick rules for the way metal was used, as war armaments were needed. As a consequence, metal couldn't be used for toys, and wood was substituted.
Vintage Buddy "L" WWII Era Victory Toy
Wood and metal
Length: 16 1/2" 42 cm
Vintage Buddy "L" WWII War Era Victory Toys
Stake or lumber truck
Wood and metal
Length: 25" 63.5 cm
Kingsbury was a toy manufacturer in New Hamposhire (USA).
Most of their pressed steel toys had a patented wind-up mechanism (motor)
to run their toys. You can see the wind-up motor in the third image below in the composite.
Vintage Kingsbury Pressed Steel Wind-up Motor Army Cannon Truck
Length: 11" 28 cm
The "motor" in the D.B. Clark truck below was a friction motor.
You pushed the truck wheels on a flat surface, and a large rotating
wheel started to spin the tires. You kept doing this until the wheels were
spinning fast, then you let the toy go, and it moved as much as 15" (4.57 M)
D.P.Clark Hill Climber
Length 12 1/2" 30.5 cm
The structo toy below is "somewhat" rarer than other Structo toys.
It has a battery (size "D") compartment to add light to the front light.
Vintage Structo Pressed Steel Tank with Rotating Head
Pressed steel with wooden wheels
Length x Height:
12 1/2" x 6.5"
31.7 cm x 16.5 cm
Buck Rogers was a favourite comic character in the 1930's, 1940's and a bit later.
I remember going to the Sunday school movies, and there on the screen was Buck Rogers.
The movie effects the were "primitive",to say the least. I remember seeing the toy move on the "invisible" string that was clearly visible.