Tin Toys — March 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Young Antiques

A pair of beautiful Schuco BMW Roadsters, each about five inches in length, with key-wind motors actually fitted with gearing. Circa; Early ’50s.
A pair of beautiful Schuco
BMW Roadsters, each
about five inches in length,
with key-wind motors actually
fitted with gearing.
Circa; Early ’50s.
BY JACK HERBERT

THE USE OF WORLD WAR II as a guideline – a sort of Line of Demarcation – between what should be considered an “antique” toy and that which was produced in the “postwar era” has got to go.

Each year, now, that arbitrary distinction becomes more and more irrelevant. That Line of Demarcation is beginning to show its age, along with those of us who insist on using it.

After all, World War II ended in 1946 – that’s 67 years ago, folks, almost a century. There are doctors and congressmen to whom we look for their expertise who weren’t even born 67 years ago. Their nostalgia gels up about 1955-1970, can you believe, and it’s the toys from that era they prefer to collect in our eclectic field. That’s why robots were and still are hot, why Marx toys fill the auction pages, and why Schuco toys are so popular.

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