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Displaying items by tag: Metal

In the former East German town of Brandenburg, the first toy producers started already in the 1880‘s.  Until 1945 the town inhabited several toy companies, among which the Patentwerk Ernst Paul Lehmann,  Lineol, Gundka, Oro, Ger-Ton and Brennabor. In 1948 the Lehmann Company and Lineol were expropriated and continued under the name VEB Spielwarenwerk Patent-Lineol. On January 1, 195...

Published in MSB
Monday, 18 March 2019 17:47

JEU NOUVO SPLIT VW

A French manufacturer of toy games named JEU NOUVO, based in Villeurbanne near Lyon, has issued in the 1940 and 50’s a traffic game called JEU des CROISEMENTS (“game of crossings”). The game board measures 33,5 cm by 19 cm. It is a journey through France. The very first version came with simple wooden blocks as game pieces; the later version featured a crudely shaped version of 6 met...

Published in JEU NOUVO
Thursday, 06 December 2018 21:40

MÄRKLIN LOWLIGHT KARMANN GHIA VW

Gebr. Märklin & Cie. GmbH (MÄRKLIN) was founded in 1859 by Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Märklin and is based in Göppingen in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. It originally specialized in doll house kitchen accessories, but after 1891 the sons of T.F.W. Märklin focused on tin toys and trains when they acquired the Firm of Ludwig Lutz. Although they were most famous for trains, they also produce...

Published in MÄRKLIN
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:04

TSUBAME TOYS LOWLIGHT KARMANN GHIA VW TOY

Many of the highest quality Japanese tin toys were distributed by the ASAHI Trading Company (ATC) of Taito Ku, Tokyo, but not necessarily manufactured by the ASAHI Trading Company. For example, as can be seen in the original box photos of these VWs, there is the ASAHI name and logo. There is also another logo on the original box representing the manufacturer of TSUBAME TOYS (swallow bird silhou...

Published in TSUBAME

In 1903 the company GEORG FISCHER was founded. They mainly produced small toys and cars with and without clockwork motor. The company ceased to exist in 1958.

The Karmann Ghia VW Coupe was introduced in 1955 and the Convertible model followed in 1958. Well, it did not take long for the toy companies to produce their version of the new VW Karmann Ghia in miniature.  The European toy...

Published in GEORG FISCHER
Saturday, 27 October 2018 21:25

DINKY TOYS LOWLIGHT KARMANN GHIA VW

Frank Hornby established Meccano Ltd. in 1908 to make metal construction sets and model railroads. In the early 1930s, Meccano made many types of tin plate and other metal cars and in 1934 the name "Meccano Dinky Toys" was used for the first time. The name Meccano was dropped and the brand became DINKY TOYS until 1971. DINKY TOYS was the brand name for die-cast zinc alloy miniature vehicles. Th...

Published in DINKY TOYS
Friday, 26 October 2018 01:35

ALPS LOWLIGHT KARMANN GHIA 357 VW

ALPS SHOJI Ltd. made battery-operated mechanical toys (robots, cars, musical chimps, clowns, wind-up animals) and produced some of the better quality Japanese toys throughout the post-war years. Alps Shoji Ltd. Tokyo, Japan was founded in 1948 and was specialized in toy vehicles and novelties. A lot of their toys were battery operated; made of mixed tinplate and tin. Space toys are among the mo...

Published in ALPS
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 19:35

YONEYA - YONE VW BUS TRACK SET

The company YONEYA Toy Co. Ltd. was formed in Japan in 1950 and more than often is referred to simply as YONE. The company used the trademark of a diamond lozenge around the letters SY during the 1950-1964 era. After 1964, the trademark was changed to incorporate the name YONE again within a diamond lozenge. YONEYA produced a variety of tinplate toys including various novelty items li...

Published in YONEYA - YONE
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:39

LAERUMS METALL A/S OVAL VW

The manufacturer of this Oval Window VW was LAERUMS METALL A/S (Laerum Metall Aktiengesellschaft) and was founded in 1946 in Sande, Norway. The first 7 years the factory produced electric articles and small toys. In 1953 they started producing small diecast toys. All the cars were marked underneath LM Minicar (Laerum Metall Minicar) Norway. The scale is 1:43. The production line consisted of an...

Published in LAERUMS METALL A/S
Friday, 06 July 2018 23:41

INDUSTRIAS SIDNEY SID VW CONVERTIBLE

Solid white metal casted body with the resemblance of a Vintage VW Convertible Sedan that was produced by INDUSTRIAS SIDNEY (SID) Mexico. The casting is somewhat on the crude side but details, of top down car, such as the seats, steering wheel, the front hood, rear hood, headlights and taillights can be seen. There is casted a VW emblem for the front hood. The front and rear...

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