As a committed arctophile (lover and collector of Teddy Bears), I was becoming really frustrated at not being able to trace the manufacturer of my better half’s childhood teddy ‘Dodo’ (as in the extinct bird): a moth eaten well loved bear, whose arms and legs became adrift and were sewn back on several times by my Mum-in-law. The only real clue I had to go on was the small red fabric tongue sticking out of it’s mouth; surely that must be a recognisable feature?
The Lesney Matchbox toys were a great success; children loved their small size and could buy them with their pocket money. By 1960, Lesney was producing 50 million Matchbox vehicles per year!
If you like Doctor Who then you probably have wondered about Vintage Doctor Who Sci Fi Collectibles. Have a read of this blog for some tips on which to collect!
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’.
One of the best-loved androids of all time, ‘Robby the Robot’ is an essential part of any robot enthusiast’s collection. Who wouldn’t want a replica of a genuine science fiction icon in their home?