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Showing posts with label France. Show all posts
Showing posts with label France. Show all posts

Saturday, October 19, 2019

L’Omnibus Illustre (19 January 1890)

The French magazine L’Omnibus Illustre cover depicting the German Emperor Wilhelm II kids playing with a castle and toy soldiers (19th January 1890) . 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Le depart pour le front

The French postcard “Le depart pour le front” (departure for the front)  from 20s. Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre

Marshal Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre (12 January 1852 – 3 January 1931), was a French general who served as Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front from the start of World War I until the end of 1916. He is best known for regrouping the retreating allied armies to defeat the Germans at the strategically decisive First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre (Museum of the Great War in Meaux).

Monday, September 23, 2019

In combat with a gas mask ...

WW1 French soldiers wearing gas masks (Durso, Belgium) in combat. The Renault FT 17 wind up tank (Victor Bonnet, France) supporting the attack. Terrain is my own DIY creation ...

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The relief map of Audenarde (Oudenaarde - Belgium) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The relief map of Oudenaarde (Belgium)  made in 1747 is quite exceptional from a technical point of view. Its turnedwood base, its blue frame embellished with gold, its gilded cartouche in the centre of the flood plain and the amount of detail on the map make the Oudenaarde made model the prize exhibit. It was made by Nicolas de Nezot, who also created the relief map of Lille and Aire-sur-la-Lys for King Louis XV. Its state of conservation is equally unusual: no traces of earlier restoration were found on its surface. The relief map of Oudenaarde as it is displayed here, closely resembles its original look.

Map dimensions: 5.53 x 4.22 M = 23 m2 (11 tables !).
Scale : 1/600

Friday, September 13, 2019

History of toys by Henry René d'Allemagne (1902)

History of toys by Henry René d'Allemagne (1902): book containing 250 illustrations in the text and 100 out-of-text engravings, including 50 watercolor illustrations. The book contains high quality engravings of vintage toy soldiers as well ! Nice images of lead  and paper toy soldiers !

Histoire des jouets : ouvrage contenant 250 illustrations dans le texte et 100 gravures hors texte dont 50 planches coloriées à l'aquarelle .

Please use the link below to download the pdf book (466 pages):

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Once upon a time in Normandy...

Tonight I made these photos of US Army WW2 G.I.s produced by Leyla (Germany) in 60s/70s. 
This US Army Jeep was bought at AliExpress and its maker is unknown. It looks slightly bigger than the stated 1/32 scale.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Visiting the Citadel of Lille with Elastolin French Army soldiers ...

The Citadel of Lille (French: Citadelle de Lille; Dutch: Citadel van Rijsel) is a pentagonal citadel of the city wall of Lille, in France. It was built between 1667-1670 by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, Marquis de Vauban, (1 May 1633 – 30 March 1707). Dubbed "Queen of the citadels" (Reine des citadelles) by Vauban, it is one of the most notable citadels designed by Vauban. It is remarkable for its size, the quality of the architecture, and the state of preservation today. Its various components have been classified as historic monuments in 1914, 1921 and 1934 respectively.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

WW1 French and German toy soldiers at Museum of the Great War in Meaux (France)

WW1 French and German toy soldiers at Museum of the Great War in Meaux (France) During the First Battle of the Marne (September 1914), the German troops were stopped at the gates of Meaux. This heroic action not only prevented the city from being taken by the Germans but also changed the course of the war.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The relief map of Lille from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

Some of the more surprising facts relating to the relief map of Lille (1740-1743) date back to the time it was kept in Berlin.It was seized by the Prussians in 1815 and significantly cut back at the beginning of 20th century, reduced from 60m2, its original size to 19m2. The relief map of Lille was badly damaged : hung vertically in Berlin’s military arsenal until 1948, it lost its main buildings and entire clusters of neighborhoods.The grey monuments, in sanded lead, date from 2000 when the relief map was restored.
Map dimensions: 4.65 x 4.05 M = 19m2 (10 tables !).
Scale : 1/600

French and English knights from the Les Drapeaux de France tin soldier shop (Paris, France)

Founded in 1949 in the Palais-Royal Gardens of Paris, Les Drapeaux de France have been producing for almost 70 years small-scale figures and tin soldiers in keeping with tradition. With more than 30'000 items available, this shop can offer one of the largest collection of tin soldiers and small-scale figures in the the world.
Today I am presenting some nice photos of French and English knights (The Hundred Years’s War) that I found in the shop.