Wednesday, August 27, 2014

But Can They Float?

Thursday, August 28, 2014
     Partly sunny with chance of rain

   We've had quite nice weather this past week, as students have returned to school. For those of us who are retired (somewhat), there's always things to do with sunny weather. I mowed the lawn, cycled a few times, and tended to my small city garden. The week before the weather was cooler and there was a good amount of rain. This week with the sun, and cooler weather, I've been water in every day, ad "harvesting" mostly tomatoes. Italian, cherry, and medium-sized tomatoes. I also took a few cucumbers. Cucumbers like to "hide" among the leaves and you have to search hard to find them!

   On the topic of toys, I've written a "bit" about today's Hubley cast iron boats. I sent one to my brother one year for wither his birthday or just like that. We grew up with our father who liked to fish, so we have the "itch" in our blood.  Even when we were young, when I was 13, and Michael 10, we'd take a small raft and go fishing. Later, when we were older we'd take a motorized boar and motor and go fishing. That was certainly better and less effort to move rowing and fishing at the same time.

Hubley made several versions of boats with outboard motors. The one below has "waves" at the bottom of the toy. THe outboard motor is modelled after the famous Johnson Seahorse. THe Johnson logo had an actual  ocean seahorse as its logo, and was an excellent motor of the time, and later on. 

The "wave model" of the Hubley  speed boat came in three (3) different colour variation - yellow, green, and red.

The red/yellow combination below is my favourite. 
The bold colours certainly attract the most attention!

Below is a similar version, but without the "waves". I'm not sure why the toy is called "static". This particular toy is called a "pull toy", since a child would pull it behind him /her with the wooden ball and cord attached to the front of the boat. This model had three (3) rear wheels and one (1) front one. As the toy was pulled, a clicking sound would be emitted to simulate the" roar "of an outboard.

Below is the red/yellow colour combination without the waves. However, it might have been a boat with the waves that somehow got lost. If you look at the "waveless"boat above, the motor fits into a recess at the back of the boat, where the "wave" variation rests flat against the back of the boat!
THat'smy photographer's eye" looking at the differences at the "blink of an eye"!

Hubley also made the two (2) blue boats below.  I purchased a similar "baby" Speed Boat for my brother. My budget is "limited", and the above toys are way out of my budget!
I also like the boat to the left that appears to read "Weed Boat", although I 
can't be sure of the last letter. I like the pronounced front part runner under the boat.

The "true story" about this boat probably made the toy all the more valuable. 
I'll let you read the "story" yourself. I like how the front light has the green and red colours that would appear on real boats. These help other boats at night know which was the boar is going. I think airplanes also have similar colour themes on their wings - details, details!

And one more small detail. Most cast iron toys had a steel smooth shaft that joined the two halves of of the toy. A left and right side were made and then attached together. A peen hammer (rounded head) would be used to hammer flat the end if the shaft, so that the two parts of the toy would  stay together forever. This in one of the ways to identify a "true" antique cast iron toy. However, as in the case of the Hubley boats - there can sometimes be an "exception to the rule".

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Salesman's Sample Hay Loader

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
                Still sunny and very hot

The Salesman's Sample
Hay Loader

   When I started to get permission to use other people's and auctioneer's photos, One of the fine auctioneers that I went to was James D. Julia, Inc. auctioneers, in Maine, U.S.A. The company had all of the criteria that I needed for my blog. Excellent photography., lots of photos, lots of toys, and extensive descriptions. However, I had one of those "Eureka Moments", when I first saw something that I never had seen before, or even new existed - the salesman's model

   A "salesman's sample" is an accurate but scaled-down version of a real item. In the case of American Salesman's models,most of them are machinery. The reason for these 19th and early 20th century models was the fact that the railroad was the main mans of access to the states and small cities all over America. As such, the "travelling salesman", travelled mostly by rail, and brought his downsized models with him. The models usually came in a hardwood box to protect the precious cargo.

   The salesman's sample is not a toy, but if I could ever afford them, they'd be my toys! Accurate to the smallest details, mechanical movements, and most very old and true antiques.

   After I posted yesterday about the French Citroen  Hay Truck, I immediately went to James D. Julia's website to see if I could find a salesman's sample of a hay loader. Sure enough, I did, and that's what I'm presenting today. As for that French hay truck, I'm still unsure how the truck would be loaded. Did the French and Americans have those hay bailer machines that  made rectangular bales of hay? The Citroen truck presented yesterday appeared to look like a 1930's-early 1940's truck. Todays' salesman's sample would appear to be an early model from the early 1900's since it is described as having been pulled by a team of horses.

It is possible that an early hay loader  with a team of horses could be used with a hay truck, but unlikely in Europe with an American loader and a French Hay truck.  So I'm still left to search for a 1930's hay loader and truck - both American or Both French.I'll keep this on my mind as I search out more toys to write about. However, this is a real search that would require lots of investigation and work! 

There's always work to do on the farm, er desktop !