Archive for the "Wooden Toys" Category

Vintage pictures of children with identifiable toys are such treasures!  This 1939 photo of a beautiful, raven-haired tot with her Pinocchio doll is certainly a find!

The doll shown in the photo was made by the Ideal Doll company around 1939/1940 to coincide with the release of the Walt Disney Film.  As many of you know, the Ideal Doll company is most famous for their best-selling, authorized Shirley Temple doll. 

Many toys were made in the likeness of characters from this classic film including a Pinocchio wind-up toy by Marx,  paper masks of Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, and Jepedo, and bisque figures of characters from the film.  The Knickerbocker Toy company also made a wooden Jiminy Cricket Doll that is as cute as a button!  I have included an image in the gallery!  Enjoy!

A photo, circa 1925, showing a pair of siblings and their beloved toys!  The airplane toy is especially unusual as it dates from aviation’s infancy!  Enjoy!

A spectacular pair of lithographed toy acrobats dating from about 1880!  This set is just wonderful!  I love how the front and backs are both so marvelously-detailed!  I’m not sure of the maker of this set – perhaps McLoughlin Brothers or Bliss.  Does anyone have any ideas?

It was during the Victorian era that the circus gained wide-spread popularity in the United States and toy companies produced many circus-related toys during this time.  The book The Circus and Victorian Society, by Brenda Assael, examines the phenomenon of this “circus craze” of the late 1800s.

It was during the Victorian era that the circus, whose origins lay in the fairground world, emerged as a commercialized entertainment that we would recognize today. This development was intricately tied to a widespread demand for circus acts by a broad range of classes.  The Victorian circus ring was a showcase for equestrian battle scenes, Chinese jugglers, clowns, female acrobats, and child performers…

If anyone has any additional information on this rare toy, please contact me!  It is currently listed for sale on Ebay.  Please check my listings on the link at the top of the page!



For your viewing enjoyment today!  A wonderful photo postcard, circa 1905, showing a beautiful girl having a tea party with her wooden doll!  Happy Friday!

Mother Goose’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes have inspired the imaginations of children throughout the centuries. There are many theories surrounding the true identity of this woman who wrote such captivating tales. Some believe that she was based upon ancient legends of the wife of King Robert II of France; others say she was the wife of Isaac Goose and lived in Boston in the 1600s. I have visited this woman’s gravesite in the Granary Burial Ground near the Boston Common. The small gravestone is always covered with pennies left for good luck by Mother Goose devotees.

Through the years, many Mother Goose-themed toys were created.  This wooden bowling game, by Charles Crandell, is one of the most interesting I’ve ever seen! Mother Goose is flanked on either side by Jack Spratt, Dame Trott, Tom Tucker, and Jack Horner. The toy is made of wood with paper lithographs attached. A ball was used to hit the pegs at the bottom. This action made the characters’ heads go down.

The toy was made by Charles Crandell. The website Antique Antiques describes this toymaker’s history:

In about 1867 Charles Crandall took over the woodworking shop of his father, in Covington, Pennsylvania, and gradually shifted the firm’s emphasis to toy making. In 1875 he moved the growing firm to Montrose, Pennsylvania, and in 1888 to Waverly, New York. Many of the company’s toys featured components with interlocking tongue-and-groove joints that allowed them to form scores of figures. Especially popular were the Acrobats and Treasure Box. Other products included blocks, puzzles, and games.

If you’re interested in purchasing this wonderful toy, visit Kendon Antiques!