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 lithographed tinplate transportation toys for you in this hallowed space. They encompassed the 1903 – 1925 period of that firm’s prodigious production, and dwelt entirely on “contemporary” models of that era. We hinted, however, that the firm also made some thoroughly charming tinplate windup horse-drawn toys during their two decade reign.
Indeed they did. They were produced, as well as I’ve been able to ascertain, in two sizes – approximately 10 1/2″ in length and, as illustrated for you here, in lengths of 8 to 8 l/2″. These days, of course, they are all as easy to find as a five-cent candy bar.
Nevertheless, we have five delightful OROBR horse-drawn toys on hand today, any one of which would have set your Grandaddy back about a quarter. On the other hand, them there quarters had real silver in them, didn’t they?