Tin Toy

1950s (manufactured)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

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Place Of Origin

This object was donated to the Museum from part of the Michael Buhler collection of tin toys. Tin toys cover a vast array of subject matters ranging from the space age to domestic objects. This figure was made in West Germany in the 1950s. The first tin toys appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. The tin toy industry soon spread to Europe, particularly Germany, where many tin toys were made around Nuremberg.

The toys made in the late forties were a combination of new designs and copies of pre-war designs with new artwork and were all marked 'US Zone Germany', which is the case with this skier. The German tin toy industry was at its peak during the forties and fifties but declined after due to Japanese competition, increased production costs and the popularity of plastic toys and diecasts.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Tin Toy
  • Box
Brief Description
Tin toy skier, made in Germany by B&S in the 1950s.
Production typeMass produced
Credit line
Given by Alexandra Buhler
Object history
This object was donated by Alexandra Buhler from the Michael Buhler collection. Buhler collected a vast array of tin toys and published a book on the subject called 'Tin Toys 1945-1975'. His collection covers a variety of subject matters ranging from space toys to more domestic objects. The collection contains tin toys from around the world including Japan, Europe, India and the USA.
Summary
This object was donated to the Museum from part of the Michael Buhler collection of tin toys. Tin toys cover a vast array of subject matters ranging from the space age to domestic objects. This figure was made in West Germany in the 1950s. The first tin toys appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19th century. The tin toy industry soon spread to Europe, particularly Germany, where many tin toys were made around Nuremberg.



The toys made in the late forties were a combination of new designs and copies of pre-war designs with new artwork and were all marked 'US Zone Germany', which is the case with this skier. The German tin toy industry was at its peak during the forties and fifties but declined after due to Japanese competition, increased production costs and the popularity of plastic toys and diecasts.
Collection
Accession Number
B.101:1, 2-2010

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record createdSeptember 21, 2010
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