Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tin Penny Toys--and a giveaway!

Hank McCall here. When I retired from the police force, I wasn’t quite ready to take up porch sitting—especially when we live so close to Buffalo, NY, and that porch could be covered with snow for months on end. So diving into another of my passions seemed appropriate.

I’ve collected toys much of my life. It was easier when Parker and Liz were younger. People expect you to buy toys when you have kids. (Unfortunately, they also expect you to give those toys to said children.) Maybe I’m nostalgic, or got bit by the collector’s bug (yes, I’ll take one of everything), but through the years, I amassed quiet a substantial collection of my own.

Now most of it is now for sale in our shop, Well Played, along with an inventory we’ve bought from other sources or consigned from those wishing to liquidate their collections. I have mixed feelings about giving up my toys. Sometimes it’s hard to let go. On the other hand, I had no place to display them all, so they mostly sat in cardboard boxes in the attic for years. Now I get to see many of them--and new pieces--on a daily basis. And there’s something joyous being surrounded by toys.

One of my favorites are the old penny toys. These are often brightly printed lithographs on tin. Or at least, they were once bright. With the value now, it’s hard to believe these ever sold for a penny. Then again, most were destroyed—or played to death—as my daughter tends to say.

I just love to look at them. As if I didn’t have enough of my own, I’ve been watching this video that Miles found online. Aren’t they great?




In related news, I think Liz just hid my credit card.


Read more about Hank McCall in Death of a Toy Soldier.

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Giveaway: Barbara Early is giving away one Hallmark tin toy ornament. To win, comment below sharing a memory of a cherished childhood toy. (Sorry, US entries only.) Please include your email in a spam-safe format (ie. My Name AT provider DOT com) so she can contact you if you win! Winner will be chosen randomly from eligible entries at noon on October 31st.

27 comments:

  1. My cherished toy would have been a stuffed "shaggy dog" that my Aunt Alice gave me. Most of the time, he sat on top of my dresser but some times, when I couldn't sleep at night, I would take him into bed with me and having him close, seemed to soothe me and I could sleep. I also took him to college with me. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. I really liked my hula hoop and pogo stick. We had a lot of fun with them
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Sadly, I have no favorite toy nor do I remember a favorite toy when I was growing up. I love all these pictures.
    lelandandbecky at reagan dot com

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  4. I never had cherished toy memories but my books were treasures for me which provided me with hours of enjoyment and escape and made my reading experiences come alive. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. We would never get the big seller toy of the year but always something special that my mother just knew was the right thing. And my grandmother would always have some "bricks" wrapped for us - books! sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  6. My tea set was very special to me and tea still gives me a great deal of comfort each day. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. This isn't really a toy, but my grandmother gave me a ... I guess you could call it a figurine. At the base is something that looks like a drum. And sticking out of the drum is a person and that looks like a jester. The body is waist up. The person has a porcelain face that is painted. The material on the drum and the outfit with the hat is the same. When you wind it the arms move and it plays a song.Some people say it's creepy, but I love it! :)
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  8. My favorite childhood toy was a mechanical basset hound named Gaylord that had velcro on his chin and a velcro-wrapped bone, and you would point Gaylord in the direction of the bone and he would find it and pick it up. I wasn't very old when I got Gaylord, and I thought he was the coolest present ever! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.nete

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  9. My cherished toy was a stuffed beagle dressed in a nightcap who I called Snoopy. He had a music box that was in his belly. It was from the 80s and I still have him and I love it. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  10. One year my Aunt and Uncle gave me a gigantic teddy bear. He was wonderful
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  11. My favorite toy was a teddy bear. I still have him, my Mom saved him for me.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. My favorite toy as a child was my strawberry shortcake doll. You squeezed her belly and a puff of scented strawberry came out of her mouth. kt3us at yahoo dot com.

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  13. My favorite toy was my baby doll Peggy. This was in the 1950's and she was made of rubber and had painted features. She looked like a real baby, and I adored her. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  14. My favorite childhood toy has spawned a very large collection. One Christmas I received a 36" Raggedy Ann. I still have her. She was the beginning of my Raggedy Ann collection. I now have hundreds of dolls along with books, ornaments, lamps, etc. I fell in love with my doll immediately and slept with her for many years. I have Death of a Toy Soldier in my TBR pile (near the top). Happy Halloween! Doodlesink (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  15. I still have one of my most cherished toys. A plush raccoon named Rob. I got him at Sak's of 5th Avenue on vacation in Philadelphia with my parents when I was in grammar school. He still sleeps in my bed with me!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com.

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  16. A pink dog and a sewing machine a tiny one it's black. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com still have both, the dog and singer sewing machine are from the late fifties.

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  17. I loved my snoopy dog. I loved him so much that the stuffing in his neck migrated to his stomach and his head flopped over! mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  18. My Teddy Bear. I still have it.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  19. I loved my Ginny doll. I saved my allowance to buy clothes for her. I still have her.

    j[dot]marshall730[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  20. Playing with our Fisher Price toys--house, garage, farm-- my brother and I would play and not argue.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. We has such wonderful Christmas times. We also got to celebrate St Nicholas day and that was awesome. I remember one Christmas we had to all get up at 3am because mom had to go to work. Funny thing my favorite present was a soft ottoman that my sister and I each got. i remember falling asleep on it. Loved the book!! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  22. I came from large family, I do not remember any toys. But I do remember my dad's mother giving us each a new washcloth with candy I it. She made a pouch like, tied with ribbon. Was special she didn't have much at all. All of us kids loved the washcloths. Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. I received a tea set one Christmas. It was metal as I recall. Loved it and I think it spawned my love of tea to this day. Thanks for a chance to win your giveaway.
    babemomara@att.net

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  24. A Smurf record player and Elvis Presley album 😊
    lorih824(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  25. My favorite childhood memory is when I was in first grade and I got Chatty Cathy for my Christmas present. I loved that doll and was so proud of having it so I took it to school for show and tell. Unfortunately one of the boys in my class wanted to see her and then proceeded to drop her. She never chatted after that, she just stuttered. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  26. Our dad was a factory worker, so some years were more fruitful than others.So when we (the girls of the family) got beds for our barbies, they were very special. It was shortlived though.A neighbor little boy was visiting with his mother, thought they were seats and sat on both of them and broke them. They were never replaced.All we had left of them was the plastic matress that went with it.The dark haired barbie that I had, which was an original, was later stolen.

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  27. My first memory of a toy was in my 2nd foster home and my grandma picked me up to take me for the day. The people she was a maid for took me shopping and told me in the toy aisle i could get any toy I wanted this was 1965 i was 10 and I thought wow I am getting a barbie. I loved that barbie as my foster sister already had 1 also and now we could play. We played barbies after our farm chores were done all the way till i had to make dinner for everyone, I felt I was the luckiest girl in the world I will never forget those sweet people that took me shopping and also my wonderful grandma.ptclayton2@aol.com

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