TOY AIRPLANES CAN HOLD such fascination for us. The plane is a means of transportation that is just over one hundred years old, and the toy industry has always been close on its heels. As soon as a new airplane was invented, a new test flight made, or a pioneering achievement heralded, a toy model of the same airplane would appear accordingly in shops, waiting for young, would-be pilots. German toy manufacturers produced, above all, a wide variety of flying objects (many of which were exported to France and the United States), and French manufacturers also held their own.
During the 1930s, the largest assortment of German toys could be had from Tipp & Co., although Distler was also an important firm, and Gunthermann produced extraordinary examples that nowadays are often hard to find.