Category: Now Hear This

A typical amphibian Passenger Plane, circa
1929 – ’50. It's tinplate, made by Garai of Spain, with
a windup motor that propels all four props at once. A
handsome toy, featuring simulated wood on the hull.

Flying Boats

BY JACK HERBERT IN THE EARLY Teens and Twenties, airplanes were lightweight machines requiring comparative short takeoff and landing space. All that changed, of course, […]

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Left: G. M. Futuristic Sports Runabout, 1952, tinplate, 8 in., Yonezawa, Japan. On The Right: A Lincoln Experimental Bubble-Top, 7 1/2 in., also Yonezawa.

Early Runabouts

BY JACK HERBERT WHAT WE REFER TO TODAY as a “convertible” has enjoyed a long and extraordinarily successful styling history. From its beginning as a […]

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Early, Early OROBRS

Early, Early OROBRS

BY JACK HERBERT A FEW YEARS AGO YOU WILL RECALL, with that rapier-keen memory of yours, that we featured a number of fine German OROBR […]

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The Port Alegre

The Port Alegre

BY JACK HERBERT ABOUT FIFTY YEARS AGO toys like this one appeared in all our toy shops. They were brand new – in actuality, as […]

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Unknown Ship

Unknown Ship

BY JACK HERBERT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW more about this toy. I’ve never before even seen any toy ship like this one, have […]

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Hull & Stafford. USA, produced this handsome, embossed tinplate engine about 1870, The toy is completely hand painted in red, black and cream, and reaches ten inches in length. Wheels are cast, the bell is brass, the stack is painted wood, and there’s a truly powerful keywind motor tucked away inside the boiler. “Hero” was a popular toy train name in that era, but this beauty, I think, deserves the title.

Trackless Toy Trains

BY JACK HERBERT JUST ABOUT EVERY SIXTH house on your block contains, somewhere within it, a toy train set. It may be relegated to the […]

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A Japanese import, by Bandai. This three-wheeled Open Bed tinplate is 8 1/2 in total length, circa 1955. There’s an interior handlebar for steering, a clue to its motorcycle heritage. Parking is a cinch.

Toy Trucks

BY JACK HERBERT TRUCKS HAVE BEEN OUR Prime Mover for the last Century-plus, as illustrated by the Police Wagon from a few year ago. We […]

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Put this one in with your large four-engine models. It’s only 5 in. tall.

Back Drops

BY JACK HERBERT IN ORDER TO ENHANCE your toy shelves, try placing a few, small back drop items similar in content in with one or […]

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A Rare Repair

A Rare Repair

BY JACK HERBERT EVERY ONCE IN A BLUE MOON a good reader of this magazine will send me a set of pictures and a fact […]

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Blue Giant Scenic Cruiser, 14 inches long, with all the interior seats provided. Unknown toymaker, probably Japan in the 50s/60s

Double Deckers

BY JACK HERBERT PART OF THE APPEAL FOR MANY Americans planning a trip to London is the prospect of actually riding their splendid double decker […]

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Trust the French to produce an interesting design for their Paris twin-door Busses. We lead off with Mon Jouet Favori, a 14 3/4-in. tinplate Trolley Bus with twin roof rods. Most of the local Busses pictured here today are at least 20-30 years old, but good fashion makes them virtually timeless.

Around the World in Toy Buses

BY JACK HERBERT OUR TOY REVIEW THIS month is based entirely on the incredible Toy Bus Collection of John Dockendorf, who has gathered together 4,000+ […]

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rare paper-on-wood Hose Reel, with a passenger (fireman?) hitching a ride at the rear.

Paper on Wood

BY JACK HERBERT LET’S BEGIN WITH A LITTLE MUSIC, shall we? What could be better than the sweet notes that would radiate from a Band […]

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In the realm of an actually produced and sold Packard toy, this Hubley cast iron is the finest of its time. That was 84 years ago, can you believe?

Toy Packards

BY JACK HERBERT England’s world-famous Rolls-Royce, and America’s magnificent Packard, both went into a categorical decline in the mid-Fifties. In the case of the Rolls, […]

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Now Hear This!

Elegance Personified

BY JACK HERBERT THERE MAY INDEED come a time when your collecting fervor begins to abate a bit. An antique toy collection can only grow […]

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This 1906 Renault Grand Prix-Le Mans Racer dates all the way back to 1969. Famous Firsts offered this blue & gold vodka toy, 15 inches in overall length, with a hidden spout under three spare tires!

Now Hear This: Toy Decanters

BY JACK HERBERT DURING THE SPAN of years between 1969 and 1992, we antique toy collectors—if we were old enough—might have been just a tad […]

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