Christmas, Tin Toys — February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

Rare Santa Toys at DFW Elite Toy Museum

AS YOUR CHILDREN open their latest electronic gadgets at Christmas time, do you ever wonder what the cutting edge toys were like almost 100 years ago? Now you can see some at the DFW Elite Toy Museum in Fort Worth.

The museum has recently acquired an extremely rare toy Christmas car. The tin car was manufactured by German toymaker Fischer in 1912. The toy is one of the rarest examples of tin litho autos with Santa at the wheel. The toy is notable for its extensive graphic detail and die-cut stamping depicting teddy bears and toys on the sides of the vehicle. The back seat contains a small feather tree.

“This Fischer Santa car is a wonderful addition to the museum,” said Rodney Ross, curator of the antique toy museum. “We already have two pre-World War II toy cars that feature Santa at the wheel. We’d been searching for this one to complete our trio, so it is a very satisfying acquisition for us.”

One of the other Santa cars is a Japanese-made CK car, which was also quite a coup for the museum. According to Ron Sturgeon, owner of the museum and Ft Worth commercial property developer, the CK Santa car is one of the rarest items in his extensive collection of automotive toys.

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