Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Treasures From Grandma's Attic ~ Tin Wind-Up Toys

Welcome to the next installment of "Treasures From Grandma's Attic". This time I'm sharing these fabulous tin Litho Wind-up toys. I believe they date to around the 1940's. I can remember playing with these at gram's house as a kid...the robot was always my favorite. :)

I don't really know a lot about these guys, but thought they were pretty cool. I'm amazed at how well they seem to have survived. The Butter and Egg Man cracks me up. LOL
Gram was always good at attaching little notes to things to make sure we wouldn't throw something valueable away. This Happy Hooligan wind-up has a note telling us how rare it is.
These cute little guys make for a fun and colorful display! What family treasures do you have packed away? Why not dust them off and find a place to show them off in style.
Thanks everyone, for taking another walk down memory lane with me.


Katherine said...

What a cool collection, Kimberly!

Some interesting bits I have inherited are the needlework magazines and tons of knitting/tatting/sewing pattern clippings from newspapers that were my great grandmother's. I think the oldest one is from the 1920's.

Jodie said...

oh they are so beautiful - I love old toys and i love the little note attached

Marilyn in NM said...

What awesome toys. I love the wind-up tin toys. I remember them well!
Marilyn in NM

Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh..how great those are! My Mom has some of her old toys from the 40's mostly doll clothes and paperdolls. Someday I'm going to make a clothes line border in laudry room and hang my diminutive fashions with tiny clothes pins...if I ever get the time.
Now that we're 40-somting...I'm amazed, shocked, and generally depressed at how our childhood toys are in the antique malls. The 60's and 70's are not that far back! But, Jim and I do display our keepsakes on display in the tv room...boys always had the better toys.

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, these are incredible. I started to do paintings of wind-up toys. I got only 2 robots and 2 cars done. It was hard because I didn't have the real thing to look at. You are so fortunate to have all these treasures.

Louise said...

These are fantastic and so nostalgic, in such good condition and extremely collectible. I remember the tin robots from Japan being popular in the 1960s/1970s too. I remember me and my brother playing with my dad and uncle's diecast models around at my grandparents, I don't know what happened to them, they were well played with! I do have some treasures passed down from my grandparents, but no colourful and fun tin toys unfortunately! x

Unknown said...

Wow those are amazing toys! I haven't seen any like that in years and they are in such good shape!

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

You have the coolest grandmother ever!! How interesting!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Oh girl!!!! These Chein toys were what my daddy searched for :)
Definately display them! :)

Jessi Nagy said...

im hyperventalating.
what a fab collection.
treasure them

Jenni B said...

Those wind up toys are so much fun. I adore your blog!

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Jenni B

Patricia said...

What a terrific collection! What a smart Grandma to attach notes to things, that's a great idea. I may try and do that so the children and grandchildren don't lose any special treasures.
Thanks for the nice comments on my blog,

Mrs.Kwitty said...

OMGosh--I'd be thrilled to bits to find some cute toys like that up in my attic! lol All we have up there is insulation. Adorable, and I love the "eggs laid to order"--hilarious!
Smiles, Karen

KitschKrafts said...

Such wonderful treasures!

Cathy said...


Great goodies! Thank you for sharing.

I'm glad you enjoyed my snowy photos. lol
It's getting worse by the minute here in MA. DH has gone out and snowplowed our driveway 4 times today. Hopefully he is in for the night.

Happy Holidays Kimberly,

xo Cathy

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I'm so impressed with your handiwork on the bag. LOVE IT!

My Dear Hubby loves the tin toys, too. Thanks for sharing.