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August 24, 2019
Outer space was dark and unknown, but the intrepid space kid of the 1950s was prepared! USA Lite's Tom Corbett Space Cadet Rocket Lite Pins could be worn as a badge, ready to light the way on any space adventure. Regis Plastics Space Patrol Emergency Kit is complete with a light-up rocket shaped handle. The lunchbox-like kit contains emergency Space Rations, cosmic ray pills, and space sickness pills to keep the intrepid explorer on the go. The Captain Ray-O-Vac Flashlight has a rocket ship box and adventure game book for hours of imaginative play.
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Louis Marx & Co. incorporated in 1919 with offices at 200 Fifth Ave., New York. Marx toys were produced at facilities in Erie, Pennsylvania, with additional toy factories established in the 1930s in Girard, Pennsylvania and Glendale, West Virigina. Following World War II Marx opened factories around the world, first in England, then in France, South Africa, Australia, Japan and Germany. The company had it's best success with international manufacturing in Japan.
Marx Funny Tiger playing drum was made in Japan under the Marx Toys logo, before the LineMar division was created specifically to handle production in Japan.
In the 1950s, T.P.S. Toys was already a leading toy manufacturer, with many popular mechanical toys such as Gay 90's Cyclist on Pennyfarthing bicycle sold in the United States. TPS produced toys for Marx / Linemar as well.
Walt Disney's Shy-Anne Indian Skater is an exampmle of a whimsical toy made in Japan by TPS for the Marx Linemar division.
Space toys are popular the world over. With the space race in full swing in the late 1950s this novelty light-up Satellite Lapel Pin by Putnam Products was a sure hit. Pull the cord to see the space man inside!
Lost in Space was one of the biggest TV hits of the 1970s. This custom Greek version board game has B-9 robot playing pieces, fold-out playing board and sound chip.
See-through Aqua Pilots ray gun water pistol made in Germany has alien pilot and cockpit inside.
X-Plus Japan anime space hero Tetsujin T-28 Robot with controller by Rocket Pro comes with miniature wind-up flying saucer UFO.
Archer Plastics World of Tomorrow playset with Inerplanetary Space Port is one of many space theme playsets the company produced in the 1950s. Archer space vehicles came in different sizes, providing a sense of perspective to the large tableaux that can be created with their sets. The World of Tomorrow includes two large and five small cars, space men with helmets, robot, and large wheeled rocket.
Boby Cyclist monkey on tricycle, made by the Arnold toy factory of Nuremburg Germany, combines a whimsical circus theme with a clever figure-eight pattern and fabulous box art.
Gunthermann 1920s mechanical tin Poor Pete boy eating watermelon with dog nipping at his pants is thought to be the original version, on which the later celluloid wind-up toy is based.
Mego's Traveling Sam the Peace Corps Man is a 1960s classic made in Japan. Funny mechanical man with suitcase in hand has open/close mouth and ringing bell. He sports an Uncle Sam hat, red white and blue body and world map wheels.
Wolverine No. 44 Mr. Sandman the Robot all metal sand toy is an ingenious 1945 design complete with pail and shovel, sieve, sprinkler, bucket handle arms and sand mold legs. The assembled parts make a friendly robot.
Ray Monroe's hand sculpted Man from Mars statuette is paired with a big chrome finish rocket ship on lighted Marscape landing base.
Captain Video and his Video Rangers aired from 1949 to 1955 -- a pioneer of science fiction television series. Famous sci fi authors including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Robert Scheckley all contributed scripts. Captain Video space figures soon became popular cereal premiums. Elaborate space port and rocket sets were made by Lido Toy Co. Here are examples of some of the Lido space vehicles with interchangeable accessories.
One-of-a-kind Metropolis Tiger Tank with Maria robot pilot has lighted bump and go action. A ToyTent original creation combining old and new science fiction themes.
Yoshiya original Space Whale Ship is a sparkling tin friction space fantasy classic made in Japan back in the day.
Character toys are a popular theme in collecting. TV and movie characters from the turn of the last century onward have inspired playthings of all kinds.
Popeye the Sailor Man is one character whose popularity has endured from his first appearance in a 1929 comic strip by Elzie Segar, through radio, movies and television cartoons. This self-scoring Popeye Ball Toss Game kept 1960s kids entertained and active.
On hot summer days at the beach, who better to entertain the little ones back in the 1950s than Howdy Doody and his friends. Ideal Toy Co. made the Howdy Doody Sand Forms set shown here with plastic molds of Clarabell, Flub-A-Dub, Mister Bluster and the popular cowboy marionette himself.
Big kids of the 1950s could play detective with this Dragnet Target Game complete with dart gun pistols and spinning police targets.
The Our Gang short movies of the 1920s, later known as the Little Rascals, had a resurgeance in popularity in the 1980s. Little Rascals / Our Gang collectibles include this bobble-head Stymie figure and Buckwheat flip-up watch.
Alps Shoji Ltd. of Tokyo was one of the many prolific toy manufacturers in Japan in the post-war period. Alps produced many wind-up and battery operated toys from 1948 into the 1970s. Here are several early mechanical toys that show the detail and creativity of Alps designs.
Acrocycle trick motorcycle with circus clown rider is a colorful tin wind-up bike with acrobat action.
Rodeo Cowboy Rope Spinner is complete with lasso and pistol -- a 1950s wild west theme toy.
Alps mechanical Jolly Fisherman uses a magnet to simulate dropping the fish in the basket and catching it again. Fishing boy has tin body with plastic head and cloth shirt.
Dan Dare Pocket Watch with moving pistol is an outstanding example of the Ingersoll / Eagle automation timepiece. Dan Dare was England's counterpart to the space adventure heros of the USA.
Kolynos Space Man from Mars in Supersonic Rocket with Zing Zong Code instruction sheet is a mulit-purpose space kit was an advertising premium offered by Kolynos toothpaste in the 1950s.
Wonderful whimsical mechanical toys have been made all around the world.
The mechanical Skating Chef with platter of food was made in Japan by T.P.S. in 1956.
Hedgehog the Organ Grinder is a musical mechanical wood toy made in Germany with exquisite detail in the anthropomorphic hedgehog's features.
Kohler GnK Circus Monkey on Unicycle is a nice example of the colorful toys produced by this German factory, and of the truly artistic box illustrations they are known for.
Our custom Gold Edition Hubley Atomic Disintegrator is a customized example of the heavy guage cap firing space pistol. This one has black grips and custom box. The acrylic gun stand was designed especially for the Atomic Disintegrator to hold it in an upright position for display. This clear stand works well with many larger ray guns and cap guns.
Looking for a Zylmex Micronauts Metal Man robot with working back pack? Here's one!
Space aliens everywhere these days. Here are 2 Men from Outer Space made in Hong Kong.
From Japan we are featuring a Magnetic Orbiting Satellite toy from the 1950s. Lighted satellite circles the lithographed tin globe of the Earth with rockets chasing after.
George the Drummer Boy parade soldier with big bass drum and symbols was made by Louis Marx & Co. in the 1930s
J. Chein & Co. made a smart Mechanical Drummer in parade dress in the 1930s as well. This tin toy soldier is offered with a Chein drum coin bank.
Marx Toys Streamline Siren Sparkling Pistol Air Raid Warden signal gun is a Civil Air Patrol version of the earlier Flash Gordon ray gun made with the same design and tooling. This patriotic tin toy pistol is offered with a Marx toy Fighting Squadron metal helmet
This original Orphan Annie 1940 Decoder Pin with Secret Society code book, Ovaltine drink shaker and metal insignia ring are prized collectibles dating from the heydey of Radio Orphan Annie popularity, as immortalized in the movie A Christmas Story featuring the tale of Raphie Parker and his Christmas wish.
Unique Art Howdy Doody Piano Band with dancing Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob Smith at the piano is a wonderfully detailed mechanical tin toy with lively action made in the USA in the 1950s by Unique Art Mfg. company, one of the prominent American tin toy makers of the 1940s and 1950s.
Hand-held tin toy Popeye Sparkler is a classic by J. Chein Mfg. of New York. The company was founded in the early 1900s and produced elabaorate mechanical carousels and amusement park themed toys as well as simple but beautifully lithographed pails and beach toys, Easter toys and whimsical wind-ups.
Popeye's hungry neighbor Wimpy is the theme of this celluloid wind-up up toy made in Occupied Japan.
Celluloid was the first practical synthetic plastic, developed during the late 1800s. By the early 20th century celluloid was a popular material for making toys. Fragile as it is, celluloid toys were easily broken. Finding vintage celluloid toys in bright undamaged condition is a delight of the modern age. Here are a few.
Tumbling Clown circus toy is a nice example of a mechanical celluloid toy made in Occupie Japan. Clown wears a classis French pierrot suit and tumbles along with his suitcases.
Funny Rocker combines a celluloid clown with a mechanical tin rocking circus cart and a cloth covered dog on leash -- pull the leash to wind the toy. This is an early Bandai toy made in Japan.
Swift's Premium Ham pig on scooter is a whimsical early plastic toy on wind-up eccentric action scooter
Mr. Cragstan "The Man" was made in Japan by Daiya and imported by Cragstan -- a tin wind-up mechanical man with open/close mouth similar in design to the Mego Man tin toy.
Sam the Strolling Skeleton is another great mechanical walking man -- from beyond the grave in this case -- this one made in Japan by the Mikuni toy company.
The robot Sparkle Squad is a set of three plastic walking wind-up toy made in Hong Kong. Sparks fly from their mouths!
Hubley's Atomic Disintegrator space pistol is a rare flight of fantasy for the company which was well known for it's true-to-life cast iron toys such as wagons and dogs. Hubley began manufacturing cast iron toys in the early 1900s. By the 1940's the company was expanding its product line and making diecast toys. The Atomic Disintegrator cap gun has become one of Hubley's most famous products.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century radio show was popular in the 1930s and inspired many advertising premiums. This Popsicle Pete Radio News prize book shows many of the items boys and girls could win by collecting popsicle wrappers. Our Buck Rogers Popsicle Advertising Sign features Buck Rogers and his girlfriend Wilma Deering with a refreshing ice cold treat.
Sears was the exclusive retailer of the Ingraham Buck Rogers Pocket Watch shown here with Atomic Pistol watch fob and our custom made box.
Toplay (short for Tokyo Playthings and commonly known as TPS Toys) was one of the most prolific manufacturers of mechanical tin toys from the 1950s onward. The T.P.S. logo is a hand with three fingers held up representing three original founders of the company, businessman Yoshio Udagawa, designer Yasuo Kushida and engineer Yukio Miyakawa. The company's whimsical and amusing designs are popular among collectors today.
Pat the Put is one of the many charming animal themed toys made by TPS -- pat the dog on the nose to start the action.
Duck the Mail Man delivers two crates with bobbing-head geese.
Bear Playing Ball mechanical toy has circus bears at play.
In the 1950s the Grosset & Dunlap Tom Corbett Space Cadet book series inspired comic books, TV and radio shows and countless toys and novelties. Today we feature three.
The USALite Tom Corbett Space Cadet Rocket Lite Pins were a popular item -- here is a full original store card. These rocket shaped lapel pins still light up!
Tom Corbett Lunchbox and collectibles. This Aladdin lunchbox complete with thermos includes 7 PEP cereal premium Tom Corbett rings, an embroidered cloth Space Cadet patch, metal badge & insignia ring and pocket watch, plus a DVD with four episodes of the Tom Corbett television show starring Frankie Thomas.
Tom Corbett Field Glasses made by Herold Mfg. -- real 3 power sport binoculars for the outdoor explorer.
The 7-volume Tom Corbett series was inspired by Joseph Heinlein's 1948 novel Space Cadet. Joseph Greene, who wrote the Tom Corbett series for Grosset & Dunlap also authored a radio program and newspaper comic strip featuring the Space Academy cadets.
Handy Hank Bulldozer Tractor was made in Japan by Nomura (T.N), one of Japan's largest toy producers staring in 1923 through the 1970s. Here is a great farm toy with lighted pistons in the engine.
Buddy Bugle dime store plastic whistle can really play a tune. Vintage war-time novelty with toy soldier and cannon.
Yone Acro-Car tin wind-up race car has flip-over action. Made in Japan.
Marx Life Savers Candy Truck is an example of a cross-over toy with collaboration between the prolific Marx Toy company and Life Savers candy. This vintage Marx stake truck comes with six rolls of new Lifesavers candies in vintage wrappers.
Thomas Toys Atom Bomber US Air Force plane with working bomb bay is a WWII inspired toy. Targets are printed on back of the box so kids could test their skill in their own bombing raids. Made by Thomas Manufacturing of Newark, NJ. Thomas Toys were featured in Monsanto ads of the late 1940s & 1950s promoting the virtues of durable plastic toys.
Rex Mars Target Game has a lithographed tin space city base with spinning plastic space alien targets and plastic dart gun. Rex Mars was a character invented by Marx Toys to get in on the space toy craze of the 1950s. This version of the toy has rare plastic rockets attached to the base -- a prototype version. The production model did not include the rockets.
The Captain Meteor Comsic Ray Gun & Holster Set includes a Ranger Steel sparkling space pistol in a Carnell holster. Carnell Mfg. of Brookly is best known for cowboy toys. Here the company partnered with Ranger Steel Corp. of Brooklyn Heights to make a unique space cowboy set
Popeye & Olive Oyl Jiggers mechanical tin toy was made by Louis Marx & Co. in 1932. Wonderfully lithographed toy features Popeye dancing on the roof with Olive Oyl holding an accordion. In this version Olive Oyl is seated on a Spinach crate. An early Marx toy popular with Popeye collectors as well as mechanical dancing toy collectors.
Wolverine Drum Major No. 27 is a fine example of American-made toy design. The tin wind-up soldier plays a distinct and intricate drum pattern. The toy has a 1932 patent by the Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing of Pittsburg, PA, founded in 1903.
Captain Marvel Lightning Race Cars is a set of four tin wind-up cars each with an image of flying Captain Marvel, comic book hero of the 1940s. Also known as Shazam, Captain Marvel was first introduced as Billy Batson, boy reporter, and went on to become a hero of Golden Age comics. The tin wind-up steerable racing cars were made in 1947 by the Automatic Toy Co. of Staten Island, NY and are offered here with our TOYTENT TrueReplica™ display box with insert.
Robert the Robot on Mechanical Bulldozer is a rare space farmer toy inspired by the very popular Robert the Robot talking remote control space toy Ideal introduced in the early 1950s. The bulldozer tractor robot uses the same ray-gun style crank-wind remote control. Ideal Toy Company began in 1903 with the invention of the Teddy Bear and continued to produce fabulously fun toys with mid-century favorites such as Mr. Machine, the Astrobase playset, Zeroid robots, 3-color space ray gun, torpedo firing subamrines and the fantastic Ideal Futuramic Ship.
Archer Mars Men, also known as slot-hand space figures are a line of spacemen designed to hold weapons and carry accessory packs. Archer Plastics made various space figures including space men, space women and baby and robot figures in the 1950s. Archer space cars came in various sizes and models. Archer playsets combined figures and vehicles with elaborate space stations for hours and hours of play.
Yoshiya's friction powered Atom Robot is a lithographed tin bump-and-go robot with crank-wind friction motor, one of many great mechanical designs the company produced such as the Robby the Robot style Planet Robot, Jupiter Robot, High-Wheel robot and the fantasy Space Dog, Space Elephant and Space Whale Ship toys. The Yoshiya trademark is KO -- as you may recognize from their popular battery operated skirted robots such as Chief Robot Man and Might Robot. Many Yoshiya toys were imported by Cragstan.
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