Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s from Japan Hot

Tinplate Toy Cars of the 1950s and 1960s from Japan

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Author/s Andrew Ralston
Type of Media Paperback
No. of Pages 160
No. of Illustrations 220+ images
Publishing Date May 2008
Publisher Veloce Publishing
Language/s English
ISBN-10 1845841263
ISBN-13 978-1845841263

Tin toys had been made in Japan before the second World War but theyreached new heights of realism in the 1950s. The post-war Americanoccupation of Japan gave Japanese toymakers ready access to thelucrative American toy market and as a result most of the tin toy carsmade in this period were based on American vehicles like Cadillacs,Chevrolets, Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Packards.

Like the real things,these tin toys were big. A small one would be around eight inches long,with some of the largest stretching to eighteen inches. As such,tinplate was the ideal medium to capture the look of American stylingof the 1950s, a period when size mattered and car manufacturers triedto outdo each other with the extravagance of their designs, the size oftheir tailfins and the amount of chrome. During this era ofconsumerism, Japanese toy production was at its peak, withexotically-named manufacturers like Marusan, Bandai, Yonezawa and Alpsturning out vast quantities of tin toys. It proved to be a short-livedphase in the history of toy production. By the early 1960s, tin toyswere falling out of fashion for various reasons: their sharp edges gaverise to safety concerns; die-cast models were becoming increasinglyrealistic and sophisticated, with many action features that appealed tochildren; the development of plastics in the toy industry made tin toyslook increasingly old-fashioned. Half a century later, there are veryfew surviving examples of these magnificent play things. Bruce Sterlingof New York has devoted years to seeking out the very best examples ofJapanese tinplate cars and has built up what is probably the world'sfinest collection of these toys, every one of them inpristinecondition, complete with their original boxes which are worksof art in themselves.

150 examples of the veryrarest tin toy cars are shown here, many of them never having been pictured in booksor magazines until now. Almost every major American motor manufactureris represented here, together with a selection of commercial vehiclesand a significant number of European cars too. All are illustrated infull color and described in detail, and fascinating insights areprovided into both the real vehicles and the companies who modelledthem, together with a guide to rarity and current values.

This is abook that will be treasured, not only by specialist collectors, but byall who are passionate about vintage toys and classic vehicles.

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Great models, great photos,, interesting background - shame one can never have these in one's collection! This book might be closest you get to it.

The book is using a price range (so 10 means the vehicle is worth between $2,000 and $3,000), has a case study of a manufacturer (Marusan) and a small section of cars of cars from Argentina and China. Its main body is separated in American cars, European cars, Japanese cars, police cars, buses & trucks, and fantasy vehicles. I particularly like the photos since they show both the model and the box very well.

Another very good effort from Andrew!

 
 
ModelCarFreak
ModelCarFreak on February 27, 2009

Here the link

I think you can also buy it from the publisher, but here is the Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Tinplate...89&sr=11-1
Veesixteen
Veesixteen on February 27, 2009

Tinplate toy cars...

Where can I get a copy of the book? I can't find it on Amazon.
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