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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Visiting the Hero - Garibaldi Icona Pop exhibition in Turin ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ⚔️⚔️⚔️

The National Museum of the Risorgimento (Turin, Italy) (Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento) hosts the Hero - Garibaldi Icon Pop exhibition, on the occasion of the celebration of the 140th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 - 1882). The exhibition takes up the narrative and the myth that revolve around the figure of Garibaldi, who has become an icon whose cultural heritage has spread to this day. The exhibition tells how Garibaldi has become a global hero and presents over 300 international objects, including comic books,ceramics, photo novels, records, advertisements, tobacco products and toy soldiers.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Durso railroad and garage 5 cm series

In 50s, Durso (Belgium) produced 5 cm composition figurines for toy railroads and cars. At this photo you can see 3 Durso 5 cm figures representing travelers in coats and one 5.5 cm railroad figure (on the right) produced by Elastolin (Germany).

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

WW1/WW2 German reporting dogs ๐Ÿ• ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•

In Germany in the 20th century, a dog that delivered military messages was called a reporting dog (Meldehund). Reporting dogs were service dogs. It was the task of the reporting dog in the First and Second World Wars to maintain the connection between two posts. The reporting dog brought the military news in a capsule, the so-called reporting capsule, which was fastened to its neck. Messenger dogs also transported carrier pigeons in harnesses specially made for this purpose. Messenger dogs were used to deliver messages because they were a smaller and more mobile target than messengers or vehicles. Nevertheless, they too were shot at and killed. More than 30,000 war dogs during World War I were used as messenger dogs.In many cases they were also recruited by private individuals. 
Reichswehr Hundefuhrer med Meldehund n592 produced by Elastolin (Germany) in early 30s.


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Alberto Figueira Jardim's military toys collection ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Alberto Figueira Jardim's milirary collection toys were entrusted to the Museu do Brinquedo collection (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal) by his granddaughter Teresa Guedge.It is a collection that was mostly made by himself, and which includes tin soldiers, tinplate trucks, cars, tanks, planes and boats adapted by the collector for his "War Games", of which he was great enthusiast.

Friday, October 21, 2022

WW1 Manz soldiers

German company Manz manufactured composition toy soldiers from 1914. 75mm composition figurines in half-round bumps represent soldiers of belligerent armies and their uniforms at the beginning of the World War 1. The soldiers stands are almond-shaped and unmarked. This brand ceased its production after 1918. I have some Manz soldiers representing Russian army.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Waterloo soldiers from Durso

In 70s, Durso produced magnificient 10cm composition figures of Waterloo soldiers. These Klimov's figures were made for souvenir shops at the site of the Battle of Waterloo (June 18, 1815)- a few miles south of Brussels and depict the uniforms of the various troops involved. I have seen these figures listed  recently at eBay.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Panhard 178

The Panhard 178 (officially designated as Automitrailleuse de Dรฉcouverte Panhard modรจle 1935, 178 being the internal project number at Panhard) or "Pan-Pan" was an advanced French reconnaissance 4x4 armoured car that was designed for the French Army Cavalry units before World War II. It had a crew of four and was equipped with an effective 25 mm main armament and a 7.5 mm coaxial machine gun. A number of these vehicles were in 1940 taken over by the Germans after the Fall of France and employed as the Panzerspรคhwagen P204 (f);[for some months after the armistice of June production continued for the benefit of Germany. After the war a derived version, the Panhard 178B, was again taken into production by France. My wooden Panhard 178 was produced in France in 1946. Some Durso and Solido 7cm composition commando soldiers.

Friday, October 14, 2022

WW2 Red Army composition marines from GJ (Belgium)

The great unknown? GJ brand raises many questions. GJ produced 7cm composition soldiers in Brussels from 1935 -1950. GJ would be the initials of the Belarusian sculptor who made figurines for Belgiamn “cheap” retail stores. GJ figurines produced after the war by the founder of GJ no longer bear the GJ mark under the base. The GJ figurines produced after the war are recognizable by the very particular style of GJ, high quality of sculpture, beauty of the colors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Tinplate aircraft from various makers

Different tinplate planes and helicopters are presented at the Museu do Brinquedo collection (Funchal, Madeira, Portugal).

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Panzerfunkwagen Sd. Kfz. 260/261 and VW Schwimmwagen Type 166

German armoured cars:Panzerfunkwagen Sd. Kfz. 260/261 (MTT, UK)and VW Schwimmwagen Type 166 (Gonio,CZ). Composition toy soldiers (7cm): Lineol and Elastolin.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Delft tiles 17th Century/18th Century

The Delft potters from the Netherlands made tiles in vast numbers (estimated at eight hundred million) over a period of two hundred years; many Dutch houses still have tiles that were fixed in the 17th and 18th centuries. Delftware became popular and was widely exported in Europe and even reached China and Japan. Chinese and Japanese potters made porcelain versions of Delftware for export to Europe. This collection of Delft tiles is presented at the Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas (Funchal,Madeira).