Toys That Time Forgot
|Author/s||Geoffrey S. Ambridge|
|Type of Media||Paperback|
|No. of Pages||156|
|No. of Illustrations||186 (36b/w; 150 colour)|
|Publishing Date||1st March 2011|
|Publisher||Geoffrey S. Ambridge|
This book is the second one written about the Lone Star Company by Geoffrey Ambridge, former Lone Star employee and son of a director there. The focus of the new book is on the early post-war years, 1945-56. This is very welcome, as little has ever been published before about the early history and products of the Lone Star firm. After a historical introduction, and a list of useful websites, there is the real ‘meat’ of the book. This is in effect a list, over 30 pages long, of every product produced, or possibly produced, in this period. I say ‘possibly’ because few records survive nor did Lone Star print catalogues much before 1957.
The author’s efforts to gather all this varied material together are thus extremely useful to toy historians. Even better, a photographic section showing mostly in colour, every product for which pictures exist, accompanies the list. The sheer range of products made at this time is amazing, from cowboy pistols to dolls’ house furniture, and ‘space phones’ to model cars. This is rather a quirky book but it is a very useful resource to historians of diecasting.
Reviewed by Robert Gunn www.lone-star-diecast-bk.com/book.html
"Toys that time forgot" is a companion publication to "The Bumper Book of 'Lone Star' Diecast Models and Toys 1948-88" (ISBN: 978-0-9539058-0-5) both by Geoffrey S. Ambridge.
To order a copy of
"The Bumper Book of 'Lone Star' Diecast Models and Toys 1948-88" contact -
...or write to G.S. Ambridge, P.O. Box 159, POLEGATE, East Sussex, BN26 6AX, U.K.