Old toys and classic games for a dip into past amusements
Posted November 17, 2009on:
Old toys and classic games are nowadays part of famous collections.
Trains, planes and cars models, dolls and dollhouses, rocking horses, optical toys, wood construction, and all other kinds of old toys and classic games are collected from nostalgics and amateurs in desperate need for a dip into past amusements.
Today, many old toys and classic games of our great-grandfathers, are considered real artefacts , and are collected by many amateurs willing to preserve our history and traditions.
Old authentic toys (There are a lot of fakes in circulation) can be really expensive; for example the value of a rare small toy made between 1880 and 1940 can cost from £400 to £1500, and there are some unique pieces valued thousands of pounds.
Old Toys and classic games can sometimes be interpreted as a cultural phenomenon, that reflects mores and traditions of a particular historical period.
However some old toys and classic games, seem more fashionable than others, and probably contributed to shape a old but still alive cultural heritage common to many countries and people.
This is true also for old toys and classic games whose origins are lost in history, like dolls, rocking horses and toy soldiers, and for more recent inventions, such as metal cars and trucks models.
But even in the last case is very hard to identify an evolution, or at least a detailed historical reconstruction of old toys and classic games. We can only identify all the changes of the modern concept of toy, related to industrial production, the use of design and technology, the creation of specific safety rules, the application of copyright, the toys association with entertainment movies, the digitalization of modern amusement arcade.
If we only forget for an second fashion dolls, hi-tech toys and gadgets designed in Japan, and we dip into world of toy trains, soldiers, dolls and dollhouses, we understand why collectors are ready to spend thousands of dollars for and antique and rare toys:
the aesthetic and intrinsic value of some old toys is unique and priceless in its simplicity and essentiality.
In old toys collecting hobby, the passion for untold history join the love for antique and rare things preserve and maintain alive those classic games and antique toys; priceless artefacts that represent a piece of our cultural heritage and the symbol of a timeless happy childhood.