Thursday, December 24, 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020
8C (46.6 F)

Mr. Christopher Ferrone Sends me
a Christmas Present  in the Form of
His Latest Creation

     I haven't been posting for the longest time, so I was pleasantly surprised when Christopher Ferrone sent me his lastest creation. If you haven't read my blog, Christopher has sent me lots of his creations in 
the past. He happens to be the president of  Americoach Systems Inc. in Glenview, Illinois, USA.  He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, so I can see where he gets his talent from.

He discovered my blog, and started to send me his marvelous toy creations, and so as they say "the rest is history". I don't know how he finds the time to create such fantastic work, but he does.  His latest work of art is a fire engine, and I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

        As you can plainly see, his work is very exceptional. He's able to visualize what he wants to do, and from there, he goes along making his toys.  Sometimes he takes old toys and works with them, and at other times, he'll take an old toy and remodel it to what he has in mind.

So that's it for today.
I'm a bit rusty at writing, from not having posted in a while,
but I hope that in the New Year I will get back to writing.

I'm always happy to have people send me photos, along with a narrative about their creations or old toys that they have come upon.

 Please take care of yourselves and your family during these very difficult and trying times. It's not the time to let your guard down, and with several pharmaceutical companies now having been approved to make the Covid-19 vaccine, hopefully, we all will be vaccinated.

Time will only tell when all of us will have received the vaccine,
but there is a shing light at the end of the tunnel.

In closing, 
I would like to wish each and every one of you, my readers
a Merry Christmas, and a very healthy and Happy New Year.


Stacey Bindman
December 24, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

Information Needed About a Nice Tethered Car

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Overcast, rain, with thunderstorms
26 C  79 F

Information Needed About
A Fine Old Tethered Car

There's an expression that says "when it rains, it pours". What it means is that when you have a problem or incident, many more will follow. My "problems" are very minuscule (very small) in proportion to this to this horrific Corona-19 virus. My new computer (It's actually old) was given to me by my brother. I'm having issues with the computer (hard drives), freezing of the screen, etc. Also, the program Blogger decided to create a "new and improved" software, that is all but "new and improved". I went to the help center, and all comments to peoples posts have been disabled. I assume that the Blogger staff have decided that the new Blogger software is going to replace the older (better) version "come "heck" or high water"!

In any event, my small problems are very small compared to what has happened to the world over the last 5 months, so please excuse my very small "complaints".

I heard from a reader by the name of Mr. Federico Tinoco.
He has a nice old tethered race car.  A tethered model race car is one that is attached with a strong string. It is gasoline powered, and once started, it rotates around a round track, guided by the operator with the string.

Federico wanted someone to help him out with more information on this fine tethered car. 
So if anyone out there knows about this gas-powered car, would someone please e-mail me, so that
I can pass on the information to Federico.

My e-mail address is:
and I'm (Mr.) Stacey Bindman

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Another Old Toy to Identify

Sunday, August 2, 2020
Overcast with Thunderstorms and Rain,
26 C 79 F

Update:  December 24, 2020

Hi Stacey,

It’s Bruce ______, a reader of your blog.   I found the car that you posted on August 2nd,  2020. 

It is made by American National, from Toledo Ohio.  The car is a Packard, made between the 20s-30’s.  An old value book I have lists it’s value at $1,000 or a bit more. 

Great news!
Have a nice holiday.   


Hello Everyone,

It's been a while since I added a new post. It's mostly due to lack of readership. It's hard to write when there are few people writing to me for answers to their toy ID, or trying to find new material to publish. My apologies to all of you who have followed me over the years.

About a month ago, I received an inquiry from Mr. Robert K. Klimt, Jr.  He has a nice toy, and wanted me to ID it. I couldn't, hence my writing this post to see if someone of my readers can help Robert and myself out.

This toy measures 26" x 13" x 14.5 " (Length x Width x Height). 
In metric, that is 660 mm x 330 mm x 368 mm.

In his own words:

"I have attached some photos of a toy car that belonged to my father.  He was born in 1921 and got this when he was three years old (for Christmas).  He would sit on the roof, push it around with his feet, and reach into the car to steer it with the steering wheel.

I was curious if you have seen anything like this before and if you think it has any value.  Just wanted to get your opinion and feedback if you don't mind the trouble.

Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

Robert K. Klimt,Jr."

The car appears to be made of pressed steel, and perhaps has rubber tires.
If anyone out there can help out in identifying this nice toy, please do not hesitate to write.

I can always be reached at:

Changing subjects, I have to mention the terrible Covid-19 pandemic that is currently  a most dangerous and lethal disease. Up here in Canada, our municipal, provincial, and federal governments are working very hard  to try and prevent people from getting the disease or worse still - dying! There are people out there who believe they are immune from the disease or believe the disease is a hoax. Believe me, it is not!!!!!

Personally, My opinion is that this disease is going to get worse as the approaching fall (autumn) season approaches. However, the good news is that pharmaceutical companies around the world are working on vaccines. We can only hope that there will be a vaccine soon to help control the virus, and provide everyone with immunity to the disease.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones and friends!

I can always be reached at:

As always,

Have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,

Stacey Bindman

Friday, May 29, 2020

Mr. Bob Woodburn Revisited

Thursday, May 29, 2020
Cloudy with Rain
30 C  86 F

Mr. Bob Woodburn Revisited

I've been re-reading my old posts to find new material to write about.
One of these people that I decided to revisit is Mr. Bob Woodburn Bob lives in
Bozeman, Montana USA, and is a very successful seller on ebay. I had written to him 7 years ago  to ask about Mr. Tom Sehloff, who makes these remarkable cast iron toys in the style of
the 1920's-1930's cast iron models. 

However, today, he's selling another artisan and craftsperson
by the name of  the late  Mr. Marvin Silverstein. Marvin passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on. Marvin took old pressed steel cars, and restored them to their original condition. In some cases he "modified them"  to look even better than the original. 

On Bob's site are 3 fantastic "models" that Marvin "crafted".  Bob considers these as collector's items rather than toys. One was crafted in 1995, and another crafted in 2004. The third one is not identified by date. The original models (before being modified) were from the 1930's.

This fine toy started out as a pressed steel Wyandotte Cord convertible that was made in the mid to later 1930's. It was modified by Marvin Silverstein, and you can read the entire process on Bob Woodburn's ebay store.

Bob considers these pressed steel cars to be "collectors items" rather than toys. it's best that I add some direct wording from what Bob wrote on his ebay descriptions of the 3 cars.

In the following description, I referred to this item as being a toy primarily because it started out as a toy. However, after giving this some thought over night, I consider this item to be more of a work of art than I do a toy. An artist can compose or play music, work on canvas, sculpt clay to make bronze castings, style automobiles or other commercial products, carve wood or do lots of other creative things. One or more master metal shapers rebuilt a child's toy to make the masterpiece you see here. 
Please enjoy it like I have for several years. 
Thanks a lot,
Bob Woodburn
in Bozeman, Montana, USA 

Size:  L x W x H
13 1/4" x 4 3/4" x 4 1/4" 
334 mm x 120 mm x 113 mm

Crafted from an original  pressed steel Wyandotte Cord convertible coupe
that was also made in the mid to latter 1930's.

L x W x H
14 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 1/4"
368 mm x 120 mm x 113 mm

Like the other 2 previous toys, this model started out as a Wyandotte pressed steel toy 
manufactured from the mid to later 1930's. This particular model has the most work and has been changed the most from the original toy.

L x W x H
14 1/2" x 4 3/4" x 4 1/4"
368 mm x 120 mm x 113 mm

You can see the fine craftsmanship that went into the modification of all 3 of these
vintage toys. These are more collector's items than toys, and  certainly have been well build and
modified from the original Wyandotte toys.

I've abridged (shortened) the lengthy narrative that Bob wrote about all 3 of these toys presented today. So please go to Bob's ebay site to see the entire descriptions that Bob has taken the time to write about.

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part of the day or night
wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Two Exceptional Toys are
Sold at Bertoia Auctions
(May 7-8-2020) 

Mikado Mechanical Bank
(Kyser and Rex Co.)
Circa 1886

blue table version, an extraordinary design with remarkable action, coin deposited involves placing it under right hat, turning rear crank and watching, the coin reappears under left hat, intriguing and rare. Minor enhancement to face, otherwise paint appears to be original throughout with a clear-coat varnish applied to brighten and preserve paint, (Excellent Condition)

Freedman's Mechanical Bank
Manufacturer: Jerome B. Secor (Bridgeport, Connecticut,USA)
Circa 1880

Manufactured by Jerome B. Secor, Bridgeport, CT, circa 1880, less than ten known examples still exist in what has come to be considered one of the best known historically important banks ever made. The front panel reads, "Freedman's Bank," which gains its inspiration from the Freedman's Bank for newly freed slaves as established by U.S. Congress. When coin is deposited and clockwork is activated, the seated black man is able to thumb his nose, as if to give a jeering look to all depositors, quite a remarkable concept that must be seen to be appreciated!

Both of these toy mechanical banks are extremely rare, hence the high prices 
that were purchased at auction.   The Mikado Mechanical Bank was purchased for a final price of $ 46,600.00 USD, while the Freeman's Mechanical Bank went for $ 36,000.00 USD. It's great to see that during these trying times of the pandemic, people still are trying to continue with caution, but with their normal routines.

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part of the day or night.

Stacey Bindman

An Extremely Rare Wilkins Street Sweeper

Wednesday, May 27,2020
37 C.  99 F
(A record-breaking high temperature)

An Extremely Rare
Wilkins Street Sweeper

It's not often that I see a toy with the price set at 5 digits , being offered on ebay! So naturally I was curious to see what the toy was all about. It turns out that it's a Wilkins street sweeper made in the 1890's, It's a cast iron toy, that's in very good condition for being 100 or more year old.
It's length is 12 1/2" (317 mm).

I contacted the owner and asked for permission to use the photos, and to write about the fine toy. As it turned out, the owner of the toy is Mr. Aaron Phelps, whose ID on ebay is apbubba1.
Aaron's photos are excellent, so that I had very little work to improve them, but for resizing them to a smaller size.

In Aaron's own words:

"I've done some searching and it looks to me this was the last one to sell since 2005. 
From a collection out of Minnesota. I don’t believe there is too many that are still around. 
Thanks Aaron Phelps."

It's amazing that the bristles for the street sweeper are still  
on the toy, and that the letters (D.P.W.) standing for Department of Public Works
are also still on the toy. 

From this photo below, you can see a brown string
that is attached between the rear left axle of the toy, and the 
bristle gear on the shaft of the wheel.

The 2 photos below help you to better understand
how the sweeper rotates along the surface that it is  cleaning.

If anyone has some information about the Wilkins company, 
please send me the reference so that I can add it to this post.

So that's it for today, having written this second post.
I hope that this fine toy will sell, and that someone will enjoy
owning it.

Have a great part of the day or night.

Stacey Bindman

Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Kingsbury Racers

Sunday, May 24 , 2020
25 C 77 F

The Kingsbury Racers

A page from the 1920's catalogue

In the 1920's there were a lot of British race car drivers who wanted to set the world record
for the land speed record. Malcolm Campbell set the record in Great Britain.

# 335 Napier-Campbell Bluebird Racer
The original car was driven by Capt. Malcolm Campbell in 1928,
which broke the land speed record of the time by going 207 mph.
Wind-up spring motor with Dunlop rubber tires.
Length:  19" 482 mm

Model of the famous Sunbeam Racer, driven by Major Seagrave,
that made the world's speed record of 203 mph, on Daytona Beach (Florida) in March, 1927.
Heavy gauge metal, Dunlop rubber tires, and a strong steel spring motor.
Length:  19" 482 mm
Length:  19" 482 mm

Major Seagrave's Golden Arrow Racer
An exact reproduction in which Major Seagrave broke the World's record 
by driving at a record speed of 231.5 mph.
length: 20" 508 mm

Kingsbury "Thunderbolt" Racer
Pressed steel, painted in red, rare toy racer, seated driver,
with a tall tail fin design. A land speed racer.
Clockwork driven with a strong wind-up mechanism.
Length:  17 3/4"  (450 mm)

The Kingsbury company made lots of other toys besides racers. Mechanical wind-up trucks, cars, airplanes, and fire trucks were all made in the Kingsbury plant in New Hampshire, USA.

Take care, and have a nice
part of the day or evening.

Stacey Bindman