Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Opamerica Revisited

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
-6 C  21 F

Opamerica Revisited

1920's Girard Tinplate Monoplane Air Mail Toy
painted tin, fixed wing, wind-up key
L x Wingspan x H:  9" x 9 3/4"  x2 5/8"
228mm x 248 mm x 267 mm

The Girard decal is an easy way to identify a Girard toy.
I'm not sure if the Girard toy company was located in Girard, Pennsylvania (USA), but one of the Marx manufacturing plants was.

1930's Kingsbury Pressed Steel Greyhound Bus
painted pressed steel with 4 Kingsbury black rubber tires
windup mechanism
L x W X H:  18" x 4 3/4" x 5 5/8"
457 mm x 120 mm x 143 mm

The bottom photo  (above) and its' enlargement show you the patented wind-up mechanism for the Kingsbury bus. This wind-up mechanism was used in all of their tires that we're able to move on their own. It's an easy way to know that a toy is a Kingsbury.

Rare Ferdinand Strauss Windup Speed Boat Tin Toy
lithographed tin, metal wheels in front, while the rear wheel is made of wood
and can be switched to control the boat's direction
L x W x H:  9 3.4" x 2 3/4" x 2 1/2"
248 mm x 70 mm x 63 mm

The logo in the above photo easily identifies a Ferdinand Strauss toy.

Ferdinand Strauss both in importing and manufacturing mechanical tin toys from 1914-1927.
He was a pioneer in the friction tin toy industry*

*Please click here to vsit this toy history website on ebay
Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part of the day  or night.

Stacey Bindman

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