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Toy car - Car, CITROEN 2CV


  • Object:

    Toy car

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    tin plate, some of which is silvered/chromed, some of which is lithographed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Johan Hermans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 20

Physical description

Simple vehicle in the design of a Citroen 2CV made from tin plate scraps which have been cut, shaped and crimped together. The bonnet, three wheel casings and top of the body have been cut from a yellow tin with green lettering; one wheel casing from tin with a gren, white and gold stripe. The left side is cut from a blue and yellow tin with black lettering and the design of a spider. The right side is cut from a white and blue tin with black lettering. The front bumper is red tin and the underside and wheels are from silvered tin. The front and back windows are of sheets of thin celluloid. The seat and steering wheel and headlamps are bent tin plate

Place of Origin




Materials and Techniques

tin plate, some of which is silvered/chromed, some of which is lithographed


length: 3½ in

Object history note

The toy was bought by the donor, Johan Hermans, at the Zoma or Friday Market in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in 1997 for the equivalent of a few pence.

Historical context note

African Wire and Metal Toys are made in many countries now throughout the continent but the tradition seems to have started in Zimbabwe. Children make a wide range of toys from scraps of metal, cloth and plastic. Most are moving ones such as cars, trucks and buses. Some included riders such as cyclists. Many have push rods and steering mechanisms and are quite sophisticated.

BGM has a number of these toys, one from Zimbabwe, a group from Botsana and two presented by Nelson Mandela from South Africa. BGM has also held an exhibition of Wire Toys from Zimbabwe.

Descriptive line

Car, Citroen 2CV, Madagascar, 1997

Production Note

Attribution note: This is a home made toy made by hand by a child, probably a boy. These toys were played with by the children but also used for bartering and selling.




Black History


Museum of Childhood

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