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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Toys and Games ➔ Duck Wind-Up Toy

Identifier:
2019.35.62
Description:
This duck wind-up toy was created by ALPS of Japan in the 1950s. It is made of colorfully painted tin. 

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. 
Date:
1950s
Materials:
Tin
Dimensions:
4" h 2" w 2" d
Source:
The Estate of Beth Schwartz
Exhibit/Program
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.
Makers/Donors
Brian Schwartz

ALPS
Alps was founded in Japan in 1948 and specialized in the manufacture of toy vehicles and novelties. 
Related Place
Japan
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