Spotlight on Comic Character

 In Tin Toys

By Carl Lobel

CHARLIE CHAPLIN, the silent film comedian, was the first “character” that I collected. I began collecting Chaplin movie memorabilia in 1968. I acquired my 1st Charlie Chaplin toy in 1976, the blue jacketed Charlie with cast iron feet that everyone told me was made in Germany by Gunthermann. In 1976 I was unaware of what would ultimately turn out to be a vast universe of mechanical toys featuring the likeness of Charlie Chaplin.

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