Rare Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles

by JapanSociety

Tinplate CadillacA Japanese toy designer took a discarded tin can in 1945 and hammered it‚   into the shape of a U.S. Army jeep. Just inches in length, crudely painted by‚   hand, and powered by nothing more than an elastic band, Matsuz…  Kosuge's jeep spawned a huge automotive industry--in miniature. From July 9 to‚   August 16, 2009, Japan Society Gallery trains a spotlight on tin-toy vehicles manufactured in Japan in the decades following World War II.