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.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
It's not Always the Name
Monday, March 12, 2018 Overcast with Snow +1 C 33.8 F
Most of the time, sellers research their toys in order to know who the manufacturer is, and when the toy was made. Mr. Frederick Pals is a very knowledgeable person who has a whole lot of reference books for old toys. He even used to add the reference book into his photos of toys
for the possible buyer to know the exact description and manufacturer of the toy.
When I went to visit his fine store yesterday, I noticed that he didn't have his reference books in the photos, but he had many nice identified toys, as well as several unidentified toys. He also now takes his excellent photographs against a white background, and doesn't use his myriad of reference books in the photos anymore.
These 2 toys were the highest priced from all of his toys for sale as of this date.
It's hard to know the price of an unknown manufacturer's toy. However, Frederick has been an ebay seller for a long time, and has an excellent reputation, So I'm sure the prices of these "unknowns" have been well-researched.
The sizes of these toys are not indicated. However the airplane is a larger toy, compared with the penny toy, which usually were very small. And if you were interested in these 2 toys, you could always contact Frederick on ebay.
Antique Tin Toy Double Decker
Army Plane with Decals
from Germany or the U.K.
If you look at the front view of this airplane, you will notice a small
spindle between the 2 front wheels. That was for a coiled wire or string that would connect to the propeller from inside the body of the airplane. As the toy was rolled, the wheels would
casue the spindle to rotate and transfer movement to the propeller.
Antique Tin Toy Rare Pre-War
France Penny Toy Bus
So that's it for today. Today was daylight savings time in North America,
so the time was set for one hour ahead. This gives us 1 more hour of daylight.
However, as of late, we've been having lots of cloud and snow.
But eventually the warm weather and the sun will arrive!