The most entertaining of all antiques, toys constitute one of the fastest growing fields of collecting. They appeal to people of all ages: For children,
of course, toys give countless hours of  amusement, and for adults, too, they provide delights, not only because playthings are poignant reminders
of youth, but also because they convey fascinating glimpses into the values, styles, and technology of earlier eras. Toys have captivated Americans
for more than a century-from 19th-century rocking horses and early 20th-century touring cars to rockets of the 1960s. Also included are European
toys that were frequently exported to America. Toy collecting is a relatively new field, and only in the past twenty years has it attracted large
numbers of collectors and inspired specialized auctions, collectors, clubs and scholarly research. The first toys collected in the United States were
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one-of-a-kind pieces, with the exception of wooden examples produced in vast quantities by the German cottage industry. Today's toy collectors
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incredibly varied, ranging from simple building blocks and lead soldiers to elaborate tinplate locomotives with clockwork motors and mechanical
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States. They can be traced an the way back to ancient Chinese shadow puppets, figures manipulated before a light to cast  Carrington Bowles of
London produced Journey through Europe or the Play of Geography, one of the first educational board games. Prior to the American Revolution,
most printed games played in the Colonies were imported from England. One of the first games published in America was the Lottery of the Pious
or the Spiritual Treasure Casket printed by Christopher Sower of Gerrnantown, Pennsylvania, in 1744. The  first American publisher to produce
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Tin Toy Manufactory founded in the 1850s as a  were made in amazing variety. By 1900 one-third of all tinplate toys
made in Germany were sold in the United States. Some of the most prominent antique tinplate toy-makers were the German firms Lehmann,
Marklin, and Bing, and the French company Fernand Martin. Lehmann sold ninety percent of its toys overseas. Some of Martin's toys were
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Recognizing the great potential of this expanding market. American firms also began to produce large quantities of spring-driven tinplate toys in the
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tinplate toys was discontinued because of the scarcity of raw materials, After the war, large numbers of these toys were produced by Japanese,
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Banks were of two types: still banks, which were similar to the repositories for coins that had existed for centuries, and toy mechanical banks,
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to the extent of producing versions of vehicles that were no longer in use. Thus, many turn-of-the-century, cast-iron horse-drawn vehicles have an
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