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.
I haven't been posting lately. I'm a bit "pooped out", and after 1405 posts, you get tired of writing and trying to find new material. I was awaiting several people who said they were going to send me photos to write their posts, but they probably were busy with their everyday regimen.
Easter and Passover came and went, and today is almost the middle of the month of April. The weather forecast is predicting overcast skies with freezing rain and between 4-10 cm (2-5 inches) of snow. I thought Passover was over, and there weren't going to be any more plagues! The good news is that my tulips are growing and their leaves are showing through the earth. Our small city throws away the tulip bulbs at the end of the summer, and allows us to "salvage" them . That's great, and I save money as well whenever something is offered "for free". The city's rational is that it's less-expensive to buy new tulip bulbs, than to clean and store old ones. My gain, their loss.
Returning to today's topic, the upcoming auction for Bertoia Auctions is scheduled for April 27-28, 2018. Bertoia Auctions has lots of fine toys, but my eye was attracted to a small collection of Popeye toys.
Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar.] The character first appeared in the dailyKing Features comic strip. , Thimble Theatre, on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip's title in later years; Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and animated cartoons.
Segar's Thimble Theatre strip was in its 10th year when Popeye made his debut, but the one-eyed (left) sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip, and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular properties during the 1930s. After Segar's death in 1938, Thimble Theatre was continued by several writers and artist, most notably Segar's assistant Bud Sagendorf. The strip continues to appear in first-run installments in its Sunday edition, written and drawn by Hy Eisman. The daily strips are reprints of old Sagendorf stories.
In 1933, Max Fleisher adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the sailortheatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures.These cartoons proved to be among the most popular of the 1930s, and Fleischer—and later Paramount's own Famous Studios—continued production through 1957. These cartoon shorts are now owned by Turner Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner , and distributed by its sister company Warner Bros. Entertainment.*
Courtesy of Wikipedia*
Chein Lithographed tin toy depicts Popeye speed punching a celluloid bag
suspended from a canopy on a wire frame. The box is a replacement.
Height: 10" 25.4 cm
Linemar (Japan) lithographed tin, battery operated action toy
depicts Popeye sitting on an oversized spinach can, while smoking his pipe and waving.
Height: 9" 22.8 cm
Linemar (Japan) colourful tin depiction of Popeye on a tricycle,
with cloth pants and a bell on the back ringing as the bike rides.
Height: 7" 17.8 cm
Scarce Linemar (Japan) colourful lithographed toy
characters, have spring bodies attached on a hand car.