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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tinplate Clockwork Military Armoured Car

Pre-War German or French tinplate windup toy armoured car from 20s that was imported to Britain. There are no manufacturers marks or country of origin but the car underside is stamped ‘FOREIGN’ so it would have been a British import. It has a sparking machine gun. The car has a length of 10.5 cm. I think that this car was produced by Georg Fischer (Germany).But I would like to hear your thoughts.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The church of Mouguerre (17th Century)

Mouguerre is a village in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, now a commune in the Pyrรฉnรฉes-Atlantiques department in South-Western France. This model of the church of Mouguerre is presented at Basque Museum in Bayonne (France).

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Walachia observation tower and Elastolin German soldiers

Today I have assembled an observation tower (Der Aussichtsturm) - The wooden hobby kit N4 from Walachia (Czech Republic). Walachia produces about 30 different wooden "German style" building sets (1/32). This observation tower looks really great with  Elastolin composition soldiers.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum (New South Wales, Australia): Elastolin and Lineol composition soldiers collection

The museum is home to an extensive collection of Nazi-themed toys from wartime Germany that is displayed in several exhibits at the museum. According to Elizabeth Evatt, the museum's owner and director, the Nazi toy collection has been exhibited on display at the museum for over thirty years. The toys are noted for expressing symbols that are associated with the Nazi ideologies and beliefs (those unequivocally rejected today) that were present in Germany at the time the toys were created, sold and used. In 2014, the issue of the appropriateness of displaying Nazi toys and Nazi memorabilia was raised by local residents, however the museum maintained they would not remove the displays. The issue was subsequently raised by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the representative body of the Jewish community in Australia. According to the ECAJ's report on Antisemitism in Australia, while the display of Nazi memorabilia is not illegal, it is often offensive and distressing to Holocaust survivors, their families, and to others who impacted by the savagery of the Nazi regime. An additional concern raised by the ECAJ is that Nazi toys can be used to promote and glorify hatred and violence, including racism, bigotry, and antisemitism. According to the state government agency that oversees standards for museums and galleries in New South Wales, the Leuralla displays may not be suitable for all audiences.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ships in bottles at Cobh Museum

Cobh Museum is situated overlooking Cork Harbour. The exhibitions reflect the cultural, social and maritime history of Cobh (Ireland).

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

GAMA Tank No 57-1

In contrast to the other German GAMA pre-war products, the topic of the tanks is unlimited. It is ubelievable how many finishing and different versions were produced.The GAMA tanks had a clockwork and a start and stop lever.There are sixteen production series which differentiate to some extent only marginally: 38, 54,56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 70, 71 and 82. This is GAMA tin tank No.57-1 (10 cm) produced in 30s.

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.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Saturday, September 4, 2021

I’se not afraid of the Germans….

British WW1 postcard designed by Geo Piper and printed by CPC London (c1915).

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum (New South Wales, Australia) - Part 2 ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

Toy soldiers from Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum : Elastolin medieval knights, India, Elastolin Wild West and Britains musicians.

Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum (New South Wales, Australia)

Leuralla Toy & Railway Museum is the Southern Hemisphere's largest collection of toys, trains and associated memorabilia.The displays of 20th century toys, from Barbie, Popeye, Tintin and Alice in Wonderland are housed in an historic early 20th century mansion, set in lush, 5 hectare award-winning gardens filled with interactive displays and picturesque scenes.