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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Friday, December 12, 2008

F is for Favourites

I have thousands of favourites, among which is this pressed, litho-printed, tin plate apple tree. I bought it at the Sandown Toy Fair a few years ago, from a dear little old lady who specialised in civilian solid and hollow-cast metal, and had the quality equivalent of a 10p box (everything was a pound!!) which contained some lovely pressed-wood farm animals and this; I had to have it!!!

It's about 55mm high, probably dates from before the war and unusually has the back painted as well as the front, albeit only black. If I could only save ten things from a fire this would be one of them, it's just so charming!!

Don't have a clue who made it, I suspect a German cigarette company but the Americans also produced a fair bit of this type of stuff between the two wars, so it's any one's guess....?

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