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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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

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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