Tag: 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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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 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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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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This early Ives articulated horse drawn toy is made of wood, iron and tin. The words Fast Mail are hard to see on the sides of this wagon, but I wouldn’t send anything urgent if I were you.

Now Hear This: Early Horse Drawn Toys – 2

BY JACK HERBERT SPRING IS HERE, finally, and so it is time to bring out the horses once again. Most of the toys we’ll be […]

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A Cuzzner mechanical Trotter with original box by Ives, from the 1870s

Now Hear This: Early Horse Drawn Toys – 1

BY JACK HERBERT THERE IS a spirit of romance that often manifests itself when dealing with horses. They are creatures like ourselves not machines, and, […]

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These three well-dressed Bears by TBS, Japan, have been skating across our floors for fifty years, and have never failed to charm us.

Now Hear This: Comic Toys

BY JACK HERBERT IT CAN’T HAVE been very easy to design and produce any toys that might amuse us enough we would want to actually […]

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A somewhat convoluted Tonka Town Sanitation Truck at 20 inches in length, with a huge trap.

Now Hear This: Toy Sanitation Trucks

BY JACK HERBERT Today’s article is based on Garbage, and I don’t want to hear any “Oh, yeah, what’s new about that?” Actually, I don’t […]

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