School is back in session for children around the country!  This darling image dating from 1928, reminds us that there is fun involved in the learning too!

The photo hails from the well-known Frances Thompson Studio in San Francisco, CA and dates from 1928.  The children are holding some incredible toys – from a number of dolls that resemble Effanbee’s Bubbles, to lithographed books, to a cardboard dog! 

Take a look at the images in the gallery for more detailed shots!

The photo and information are courtesy of “Memories of Things Past” on Ruby Lane.  Click here to check out this great shop!

Amazing image, circa 1918, of a mother and child with a Kewpie doll.  I just love the mother’s bowtie and the large buttons on her skirt!  I wonder where the two live?  I see palm trees in the background.

This wonderful photo is courtesy of Maclancy on Etsy.  Click here to purchase!

Over the past ten years, I’ve bought and sold thousands of antique and vintage items; this one-of-a-kind chest is one of my absolute favorites!  Sometime during the 1920’s, a child or thoughtful parent used scraps, die cuts, and trade cards from the 1890s to the 1920s to create a very unique toy or doll trunk!  I just love the look and appeal of this whimsical piece!

I wonder what kind of treasure the chest originally held.  We can only imagine.

This fabulous chest is currently available in my store on Ruby Lane.  Click here for details!


A beautiful photo of a striking blonde girl and her doll that looks very much like her!  I love photos of children and their beloved toys!  These one-of-a-kind images capture the special bond between a child and their playthings.  This photo will be offered for sale in my shop on Ruby Lane in the near future!  Antique photos of children with toys are an affordable way to start an antique doll or toy collection!

I love the character of this sheep toy!  He dates from about 1900 and is just so whimsical – with one blue eye and one green eye and the little orange bow on his tail!

I don’t know a lot about him.  He appears to be handmade and looks very much like a Putz sheep of the same period.  He is attached to a wooden base which makes me think that he may have originally been a pull toy.

Did you know that the first pull toys were made in ancient Greece and Egypt in about 2000 BC?  These early toys were clay figures of animals with wheels attached to the feet!

Whatever this sheep’s story is, I think he’s very charming!  He would be so lovely on a Christmas mantle with holly strewn around his base!

He is currently up for auction on Ebay, ending this Sunday evening.  If you’re interested in bidding on him, click here!

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