Monday, September 1, 2014

Crandall's Antique Wood Figures

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.

The set below must have been quite popular as I was able to find three sets.
There are small hammered pins in the parts of the small figures, so that their hands and legs can move or articulate.

If you look closely you'll see the word "dunce", a derogatory term that used to be used for 
students who were perhaps unmotivated or slow in learning. But my favourite are the open books, which I think are wood.

You can see the exceptional maneuverability  and articulation of this toy.
If you look at the bases of the man and donkey, you can see the thin cuts in which the figures are placed.

The Crandall's Toy below in the trio of toys is the set of Bo-Peep and her sheep.

Of course, my curiosity got the better of me, and I had to see who John Gilpin was. 
It turns out he is a fictional British character based on a very real and most interest person at the time. If you want,  I've added the Wikipedia link below for you to read a brief write about him.

There's a funny story about Mr. Gilpin related to the pose above. 
To me the pose looks like Mr. Gilpin is riding backwards. The story happens to be a poem about the adventure.

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.
As always, have a great and restful
 part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fisher Price Revisited

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.

Thanks for visiting,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you mat be,