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Tin toy

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1945-1950 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nomura (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph on tinplate, stamped and hand assembled, with electronic circuitry, motors and rubber tyres and plastic windscreen.

  • Museum number:

    B.213-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This battery-powered mechanical military truck was manufactured by Toys Nomura, just after World War II. Nomura was a company borne out of the Allied occupation of Japan, immediately after the end of the war. The development of manufacturing businesses was a key concern of the allies and they helped establish the toy manufacturers that produced most of the tin toys globally around this time. Ironically, it was American and British military themed toys that were the biggest selling in the post war period, and so the Japanese manufacturers had to make toys depicting their occupiers. Towards the 1950s, as interest in the military moved on, the Japanese companies adapted the templates of their tin toys, printing them with space-age designs instead.

Physical description

Tinplate US Army 1st Division Jeep in military green with gun to bonnet, radio set and antenna to rear, with 2 soldiers in battle-dress. Battery operated

Place of Origin

Japan (manufactured)

Date

1945-1950 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Nomura (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph on tinplate, stamped and hand assembled, with electronic circuitry, motors and rubber tyres and plastic windscreen.

Marks and inscriptions

'1st. Div. / U.S.A.'
on front bumpers

'6607 / U.S. Army'
on back bumpers

' T.N / MADE IN JAPAN'
on radio set

Dimensions

height: 14.5 cm, width: 27 cm, depth: 12.2 cm

Descriptive line

Battery powered tinplate US army truck, Nomura, Japan, 1940s

Materials

Tinplate; Paint; Rubber

Techniques

Stamping (forming); Assembling

Subjects depicted

War; Military vehicles; Tinplate

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Entertainment & Leisure; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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