French Toys From the Natenshon Family Collection – Part 1

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By Louis Natenshon

IF YOU COLLECT antique toys which were not made in America, it is likely that most of your collection came from Germany, Japan, or England. As was the case in those countries, France had a robust toy industry. In 1889, nearly 400 French toy companies were listed. They produced a wide variety of toys, from cast penny toys and mass-produced tin wind-ups to elaborate vehicles, boats and automatons, something to please most toy collectors.

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