The Marx Day &
Nite Service Center above (c.1960, USA) is complete right down
to the little
in the car washing bucket. I got one of these for Christmas when I was
about 7, but it didn’t even survive Christmas Day (a cousin sat on it).
I acquired this nice example many years later to right that old wrong,
as stupid as
that probably sounds.
Above right, from 1950, the wonderful Transogram Little
set with 3-Way X-Ray Red-Ray Scope and scads of other doctor stuff!
Old toys are one of the most popular collectibles. And there
are literally millions of different old toys out there to choose from.
This daunting reality keeps me from from getting too serious about
collecting them. Most collectors focus on a sub-category like model
cars, toy guns, dolls, space-related toys, etc. And most collectors
seek the toys of their youth—the toys they grew up with.
As for me, well these days I’m partial to toys that don’t take up too much room! Toys like the Pin Ball Game below (S.T Toys, 1950s, Japan). Next to it, the Trick Snake Radio is what’s known as a “cross-collectible” since it appeals to radio collectors and toy collectors alike. This goofy toy (1950s, Japan) says “Offer your radio and snake jumps out–watch the fun.”
Try and imagine a child playing with the Ideal Telegraph Sending Receving Set, sending morse code to a friend (1950s, USA). Just like texting!
The A.C. Gilbert
Company’s Atomic Bomb game
(1940s, USA) is
a real eyebrow-raiser. The point is to move the thing around until the
little weighted “bombs” rest in their intended targets, Hiroshima and
Nagasaki. The Magic Sun Picture Set is
really can’t explain it; it is, after all,
magic (1950s, Japan). In Jet
you shoot little steel balls with just the right force to get them in
the scoring slots (1950s, Marx, USA). The Crystar camera (Japan, 1950s) takes
real pictures on tiny film.