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, April 15, 2018
Two Fine Cast Iron Mechanical Banks
Monday, April 16, 2018 Overcast with freezing rain and snow pellets -2 C 28.4 F
The reason that I've added two links above is for a reason. The photographs on liveauctioneers are larger. On the Dan Morphy website, the written details of the toys are much more elaborate.
The weather certainly is not springlike up here in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). It's been raining freezing rain on us, followed by snow pellets. This is spring in Quebec. Fortunately, I haven't yet changed from winter tires to summer tires.
Yesterday, I mentioned that Bertoia Auctions had increased the size of their photos. Today, as I was perusing through liveauctioneers, Dan Morphy had also increased the size of his photos. Not only that, but he (his photographer of course) had placed toys against a white background. That's most certainly helped me out, since I no longer have to use Photoshop to remove other backgrounds.
I just selected 2 fine cast iron mechanical banks for today's post. It's difficult to find different ones from the ones I already have on my blog. However, the two banks today were photographed superbly with lots of nice and detailed photos.
Cast Iron Indian (Native American) Shooting Bear Mechanical Bank
This bank was manufactured by J.& E. Stevens of Cromwell, Connecticut.
Pull the trigger under the Native American, place a coin on the gun.
When the trigger is pulled, the Head of the Native American drops, and the coin
is shot into the slot of the bear's stomach.
Length x Height: 10.5" x 7.75" 26.7 cm x 19.7 cm
William Tell Mechanical Bank manufactured by J. & E. Stevens
Pull the coin launcher back (on the top surface of the gun) until
it is in the locked position. The figure lowers his head as if aiming,
A coin is placed on the rifle the shooter's right foot is pressed,
and the coin is fired into the slot above the head and the apple falls
off the boy's head.
Length x Height: 10.5" x 6.75" 26.7 cm x 17.2 cm
There are a lot of nice toys included in this auction, so have a look
at both the websites and see if there is anything that you like.