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Toy Forts & Castles: European-Made Toys of the 19th & 20th Centuries

Allen Hickling

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Contained within this authoritative text is the exciting history of the manufacture of toy forts and castles in western Europe throughout the turbulent nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 800 images, this book provides detailed information on who made these castles, palaces, and fortresses, when, where, and how, and with what materials. The author focuses especially on manufacturers in Germany and Great Britain, but covers Denmark, Belgium, and France as well—and describes the fascinating story of the industry's rise and demise. Company histories show how these manufacturers, often successive generations of families, dealt with the enormous economic and political obstacles of the times. Organized spreadsheets with serial numbers, dates, dimensions, and distinctive features of products will satisfy the curiosities of toy collectors, museum curators, archivists, antique dealers, architectural history buffs, and more.

Size: 11" x 8 1/2" | 772 color photos | 348 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348136

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Allen Hickling started his professional career as an architect. Then after fifteen years, he went back to university and became an urban designer, after which he did action research into the processes involved. With this as a background he started collecting toy forts and castles, an occupation which kept him interested for the next thirty years. He had assembled one of the largest collections in the world, part of which he has now sold to be in a museum in Cyprus. He is well known as an author, having contributed numerous articles to toy soldier magazines, and is considered to be the authority on the subject.