Very first Robby the Robot made. By the Nomura toy company of Japan in 1957. From original movie Forbidden Planet is arguably the best science fiction movie of the 1950’s. In the era of The Cold War, fears were materialized in mutated, giant insects, monsters or alien invaders! Robby is the Icon of any decent tin toy robot collector.
Vintage wood puzzle toys made in Germany 1940’s . The first jigsaw puzzle was produced around 1760 by John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker. Spilsbury mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood and cut around the border. The Golden Age of jigsaw puzzles came in the 1920s and 1940s with companies producing a wide range of puzzles reflecting both the desire for sentimental scenes. These are very rare hard to find!
This is a fantastic attic find. It doesn’t hurt to crawl inside an attic to find what your parents put away. Barbie’s one of the most collected dolls in the world. Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices. launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. It is said “Almost every girl in America had a Barbie.”
1800’s original dexterity game with black lady. The emphasis here is on steady hands, perseverance, and lots of patience rather than logical analysis. In his seminal book Puzzles Old and New published in 1893, Angelo John Lewis, writing under the pen name “Professor Louis Hoffmann” described the class of dexterity puzzles as those “which do not depend upon any secret, or intellectual process, but upon some knack, only to be obtained by repeated persistent effort of the ‘try and try again’ kind on the part of the operator.
This is a wonderful rare hard to find 1930’s Mickey Mouse pencil school box. Mickey Mouse is dear to my heart. My father was a Disney artist toy maker had one of the largest collections in the world, and open a toy museum in Japan in 1990’s. Mickey Mouse was born in 1928 his first cartoon was Steamboat Willie and the rest is history. I can remember as a kid the house filling up with all these toys and items. I spent many days at the studios and the tunnels in Disneyland. Mickey Mouse is the #1 icon in the world!!!
This is an awesome 1950’s Japan made tin friction toy race car. A friction car toy is a toy car that will semi wind and move with a continuing movement based on the friction applied to wheels. It will make a noise of a motor when moving. Tinplate was used in the manufacture of toys beginning in the mid-19th century. The toys were made from thin sheets of steel plated with tin, hence the name tinplate. They were a cheap and durable substitute for wooden toys. The toys were originally assembled and painted by hand. Spring activated tin toys originated in Germany in the 1850s. In the late 1880s off set lithography was used to print designs on tinplate. After the colorful designs were printed on the metal, they were formed by dies and assembled with small tabs. The lightweight of the toys allowed them to be shipped less expensively and easier than the heavier cast iron toys. The production of tin toys was discontinued during WW2 because of the need for raw materials in the war effort. After the war, tin toys were produced in large numbers in Japan.. The idea was to give Japan all of the low profit; high labor manufacturing and the US companies could sell the imported product. It worked better than they had expected and Japan became a tin toy manufacturing force until the end of the 1950s. In the 1960s cheaper plastic and new government saftey regulations ended the reign of tin toys. China has taken over the role of the leading tin toy manufacturing