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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Overcast and Raining 16 C 61 F
A Reader Finds Out
About Her Own Toy
Periodically, I get asked if I can help out with the manufacturer of a toy and when it was made.
A few weeks again, I received a request for those same reasons. I was unable to discover the information that the reader by the name of Laura Taylor had asked for. I wrote back to say so. Later, Laura replied that she had discovered information about her toy, and for what "real" race car this toy was modelled after. It turned out that this toy was modelled after a famous Audi race car that had made a record speed run on an oval speed track in Germany in 1937. The race car had travelled over 400 km/hr (248.5 mph). For 1937 that was certainly very fast! There were some Audi rings that were on the toy car, but for myself were not visible.
Below are the photos that Laura was so kind to allow me to use, as well as some photos that I found on the Internet.
Interestingly, Laura Taylor found a buyer for this wonderful toy within the
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Overcast and Rainiung 22 C 72 F
Another Interesting Request
for a Toy Identification
I often get requests from readers to help them identify their nice toys. A few weeks ago, I received a request from Mr. Race Owens to help him in identifying a toy of his. What I usually do is to ask the reader if he/she can send me photos of their toy, and I'll write a post for them. Possibly, one of my readers will help to identify the toy.
Here's what Race wrote to me:
"Hello! My name is Race Owens. I have a wind-up toy with an unknown maker. The logo is a capital S in a circle. It seems to be more likely Strauss than Schoenhut but the logo resembles examples from the latter. "
Race obviously knows about toys, since he mentioned 2 older toy manufacturers by the respective names of "Strauss" and "Schoenhut".
So, if there is someone out there who can help with the identification of this toy., both Race, and myself would be very grateful. Below are the photos that race sent me to help with the discovery of this "mysterious toy".
The toy is a wind-up toy that has a drummer drum .
The photo below is excellent because it's the logo of the company that manufactured the toy.
So that's it for today. Tomorrow or the next day, I have another toy that will also need help with its' identification. If you know who the manufacturer of today's toy is, by all means please write me.
I can always be reached at the e-mail address below:
As always, thanks for dropping by, and have a great day, and a nice upcoming Labour Day.