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Sunday, September 19, 2021

German light machine gun crew

Elastolin produced the Maschinengewehr-Bedienung (machine gun operation) composition toy soldiers.
This is a LMG crew on the lookout.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Les etrennes des petits enfants russes et celles des pettits japonais (New Year's Eve for little Russian children and those for Japanese little ones). A vintage French postcard illustration featuring little boys of Russia and Japan in national dress with their toy soldiers. The postcard published in Paris during the Russo-Japanese War, circa 1904.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Lagerleben (Camp Life) Elastolin and Lineol figures

Elastolin and Lineol Lagerleben ("camp life") figures were represented by soldiers washing, cleaning, shaving, eating, playing the accordion and reclining. These camp life figures are a popular topic among collectors. Elastolin and Lineol produced additional camp life accessories such as an illuminated campfire and rifle pyramids. Here you can also see the Lineol's rubber-tyred tinplate field kitchen (Gulaschkanone) (1/24) for motor vehicles.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Two German army Kesselpaukers - Kettle drummers

Timpani or kettledrums (also informally called timps)are musical instruments in the percussion family. Timpani had been used in the Middle East since the 12th century. In 1457, a Hungarian legation sent by King Ladislaus V carried larger timpani mounted on horseback to the court of King Charles VII in France. In the 15th century, timpani were used with trumpets as ceremonial instruments in the cavalry. German Reichswehr and Wehrmacht army also used kettledrummers (Kesselpauker) for military parades in 30s. Timpani are still used by the Mounted Bands of the Household Division of the British Army and of the Mounted Band of the Garde Rรฉpublicaine in the French Army. These two Wehrmacht cavalry kettle drummers were produced in 30s by German companies Elastolin (Left) and Lineol (Right).

Monday, September 6, 2021

“Toy Soldier” by Vik Muniz

Vik Muniz (Brazilian artist, born 1961) created his installation "Toy Soldier", based on a portrait of Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Regiment C.S.A., ca. 1860-62. Jemison, a native Georgian enlisted at 16 and died at 17 at the Battle of Malvern Hill in Virginia. Four thousand plastic toy soldiers were used to create this image. In 2016, this work was sold at Sotheby's Latin America: Contemporary Art auction for 18,750 USD.The "Toy Soldier" is a part of a triptych, or three panels that include two other works "Horse"(a war horse) and "Old Cheyenne" (a Native American chief) created also from plastic soldiers.