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.
Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labour Day) Sunny, warm and humid
Crandall's Antique Wood Figures
I just purchased a few CD's on ebay yesterday,and while doing this, I noticed a nice set of interesting wood figures. It turned out to be an American-made set (circa 1880's) of wooden figures that articulated, and could be posed in many different ways (sort of like those wood model human figures that student artists use). I wanted to continue posting daily to try and reach 1000 posts, so I decided to have a look at what I could find on Liveauctioneers. If I could find Crandall's sets there, then perhaps one of the auctioneers that I have permission from, would allow me to post today. Sure enough, there were , many from Bertoia Auctions, and so I am able to post today.
Looking closely at this next presentation, you can see a different approach to the movement.
The box of acrobat pieces have cut ends like the wooden bases that we saw earlier.
Articulation is achieved by creating different angles of the arms and legs after they have been inserted into matching clots of the torso (body) of the acrobats.
Below are a nice grouping of different Crandall's sets.
THe costumes are quite ornate and are made to represent the costumes of that time (circa 1880's).
Looking at these antique toys, it's amazing to realize that children could actually play with much simpler toys than they do today. And their imaginations would be used much more that today with the iPods, tablets, and computer games. Of course there are educational and toys catering to parents and children who want to play with such items.
You just have to search a bit longer and harder to find them - sort of searching for interesting antique toys to present to my readers!
Thanks for dropping by to visit on this Labour Day.
Sunday, August 31,2014 Cloudy with occasional rain, warm
Fisher Price Revisited
Bertoia auctions is auctioning a nice collection of early Fisher Price toys. I've already presented a few posts of other fine toys in this collection, but I decided to also present the early Fisher Price toys. In the 1960's I'd watch early morning TV with cartoons on Saturday with my brothers and sister, and you could not watch a program without a Fisher Price advertisement. I always thought the company started up at this time, but whenI wrote my original post, the company had started in the 1930's.
I always have mixed feeling about collections being sold. On the one hand someone got lots of pleasure from collecting, and on the other hand, the collection would now be dismantled. On the positive side, more people, who probably grew up with these toys would now have the opportunity to recollect weigh their early childhood memories.
The early toys were actually fun toys that children would play with. IN the 1960's the advertisement on TV was geared to stimulating your children to learn early childhood skills.
An angry Donald Duck.
I didn't know that there was a Donna Duck.
I just remember Daisy.
What's interesting to see is how these toys have stood up to "the test of time".
Almost all of them are in quite good condition, and I'm sure make sounds.
(The year that I was born)
If you venture over to Liveauctioneers and type in Fisher Price, you'll get to see the rest of the collection up for auction.If you also press "sold", you'll be able to see all of the Fisher Price toys that have been sold and resold over time.