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An Iconic Vintage Child’s Toy: The Sewing Machine

Vintage Child's Toy

Essex miniature sewing machines were manufactured between 1946 and 1956 by the Essex Engineering Works, Wanstead, London. We see them today as a vintage child’s toy but they were actually produced to fill a need in the market, after WWII, for making and repairing clothing. Rationing was in full force and people were still in the mindset, through necessity, of ‘Make Do and Mend’.

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