Toys and Games ➔ Bear with Flash Camera Wind-Up Toy
This bear with flash camera was created in China around the 1960s and 1970s. It is both a wind-up and battery-operated toy, needing to be wound to walk and a battery for the flash to go off.
Wind-up toys gained popularity in America beginning in the 1860s. While those made of porcelain or wax were marketed towards adults and collectors, tin wind-up toys were created for children. The toys' designs often mirrored current events however by the 1940s, they began taking the shape of childhood favorites such as robots, space, and Disney characters. Although the popularity of wind-ups decreased with the creation of the Alkaline battery in the 1960s, they can still be found in toy stores today.
1960 – 1980
6.5"" h 3.5"" w 3.5"" d; 6.25"" h 3"" w 3"" d
Current Location Status:
The Estate of Beth Schwartz
Toys that Move
(after February 27 2020)From the ancient Chinese and Greek automatons to the clockwork marvels of the Renaissance, inventors have always searched for ways to make their creations change and move. In modern times, many German and Japanese companies specialized in making a huge variety of affordable wind-up toys. In the twentieth century, the American firm Fisher-Price became well known for its high quality wooden, and eventually plastic, pull toys, many of which are seen in this new display.