Meine Spielzeugflieger

1910-1960

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Meine Spielzeugflieger
1910-1960

Ed. Patrick Despature, foreword by Paul Lang, Lucien Baggieri, filmed/photographed by Roberto Pellegrini, graphic design by Gabriele Sabolewski, text(s) by Patrick Despature

German, English, French

2012. 392 pp., 788 ills.

clothbound, with DVD

30.50 x 30.50 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3016-7

Naïve, precious objects: the pioneering days of aviation reflected in toy airplanes

Catalogue and DVD on Patrick Despature’s definitive collection, listing toy airplane manufacturers by country, name, and brand

A must for all collectors of tin toys

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh was the first aviator to venture to fly solo across the Atlantic, and that same year the manufacturer J. M. L. produced a toy version of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. These tinplate or sheet-iron planes were based on blurry black-and-white photographs of airplanes, and thus early twentieth-century toy manufacturers permitted themselves a great deal of artistic license. The biplanes and propeller planes by Märklin, Tipp & Co., Distler, Günthermann, Rossignol, Joustra, INGAP, Paya, or Rico were colorful, and their technical details lacked accuracy. This extensive catalogue carefully presents these naïvely-designed yet true masterpieces in words and images—besides long-range and record-breaking aircraft, it features hydroplanes, military planes, autogiros (the predecessor to the helicopter), as well as carousels and other flying toys.

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