Antique Toys: A Window to the Past

 In Christmas

By Louis Natenshon

MASS PRODUCTION BECAME increasingly widespread during the 19th century, resulting in reduced costs for many manufactured goods, including toys. This coincided with an increased interest among Victorian parents in providing their children with toys that could educate, amuse, or do both. In many cases, toys were a reflection of an adult world in miniature. Simple items, such as a shovel or doll buggy, might be the same as what adults used, but simply reduced in size to fit a child. Larger, more complicated items, such as a doll house or ship, might have to be simplified and reduced to 1/10th, or even to 1/100th the size of the original, yet they still resembled the original.

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