Tin Toys — April 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Early American Toys

BY JACK HERBERT

EARLY AMERICAN TOYS not only reflect their times in history, there is a noticeable “toylike” appearance about most of them that sets them instantly apart from all subsequent designs in the field. Just what this unique appearance is—a sort of fragility, perhaps — is hard to describe, but easy to understand the minute you see one. Here are a dozen toys you will instantly recognize as early American. European toys never looked like these.

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