By Renaud Fournier
AFTER 35 YEARS OF antique toy collecting, and enjoying my good friend Jack Herbert’s monthly articles in Antique Toy World, I was saddened to no longer see these articles appear. When speaking with a fellow toy collector about my nostalgia, he told me “Well, why don’t you start writing articles in Antique Toy World yourself!” This was hopefully good advice, as I decided to take it, but I will let you be the judge.
I started collecting antique toys with my parents in California when I was nine years old in 1980. We initially collected 1950s Japanese Battery Operated toys, but then learned about earlier toys made in France (which we were from) and Germany. Our collecting then focused on earlier toys, now with a primary emphasis on European tin toys from the 1890s to the 1930s. But enough about me, now let’s talk about some great antique tin toys.