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 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 banks and trains.
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were one-of-a-kind pieces, with the exception of wooden examples produced in vast quantities by the German cottage industry.
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the 1960s and '70s are also being collected as investments, the most popular being the large
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Antique Toys  Antique toys rare incredibly varied, ranging from simple building blocks and lead soldiers to elaborate tinplate
locomotives with clockwork motors and mechanical banks with moving figures. To help collectors understand this vast array, there are
books available (some in your local library) that organize toys by type materials, manufacturers and other organizational classes. This
is by far the best way to get started. Games and Paper Toys Free toy appraisals Inexpensive to produce and easy to transport, paper
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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 antique games in quantity was W. & S. B. Ives, who issued the now well-known game Dr. Busby around the 1850s. Early
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opened in Galena, Illinois, in the 1840s, most American tin had to be imported, making all tinplate products fairly expensive. Once
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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 exported, but most were sold in France by street peddlers or in variety stores. Many German
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quality for low-cost production. Among the major companies were those of Julius Chein, active beginning in 1903, Strauss,
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Cast Iron Toys  American manufacturers excelled in making cast-iron toys! Because it was cast in molds, iron could be used to
produce thousands of identical objects at modest costs. This was particularly appealing to American toy makers during the second
half of the 19th century, because increased prosperity had produced a growing market as well as higher labor costs. European
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antique toy cars, trucks and other vehicles. Banks were of two types: still banks, which were similar to the repositories for coins
that had existed for centuries, and toy mechanical banks, ingenious devices in which the deposit of a coin produced some action,
such as a mule kicking or the likes. Still banks appeared in the late 1860s, while the first still banks were often made of tinplate or
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Sheppard and Hubley. With the exception of reproductions, practically no cast iron mechanical banks have been made since the
1920s. Cast-iron "still banks" are still produced, but they usually lack the charm of early
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lines of pull and spring-driven floor trains, printing presses, and stoves, all by 1900. Though gradually supplanted by other, cheaper
metals, cast iron continued to be used to make toy trains, trucks, cars, planes, and the like until World War II including the
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toy manufacturers, even 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 archaic look that might lead inexperienced collectors to assume they are much older than
they are. After 1900 remarkably accurate versions of such popular vehicles as the Model T Ford
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have been the world's only producer of military figures in cast iron. In 1917 Grey was granted a patent for forty-millimeter soldiers,
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