Let's see some stamps depicting toys.

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by James-2489, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, let's see some stamps depicting toys.
    This set from Czechoslovakia. Date of issue: 1986-09-01


    Regards, James.
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  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    In 1971 West Germany issued a set of old wooden toy stamps.
  3. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    I looked and apparently, I only have one.

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  4. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, here are a pair from Norway
    Date of issue: 2015-06-05
    Regards, James.

    Attached Files:

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  5. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Philippines Christmas toy stamps that I found online. :)
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  6. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, Thailand stamps. Issued these Tin Toys for the International Letter Writing Week.
    Date of Issue: 2010-10-05

    Regards, James.

    Attached Files:

  7. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Cute toys,very nice set. :)
  8. tasha

    tasha Active Member

    some very cute ones here! I don't have any south African ones but I googled for some and we don't have any! we used to have a charity thing called red nose day and they did have a stamp for that but I cant seem to find any history on it
  9. barbiebarbie73

    barbiebarbie73 New Member

    All of the stamps above are so cute and unique, but in all honesty i love the ones from Czechoslovakia they are so elegant and the drawings are so beautifully done.
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  10. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello Tasha, I found a few "homemade toys" stamps from Ciskei.

    Ciskei and all of the other homelands were reincorporated into South Africa on
    27 April 1994, after the first post-apartheid elections. Along with Transkei, Ciskei became part of the new Eastern Cape Province, with its capital becoming the capital of the new province.
    Date of issue: 1987-09-17
    Regards, James
  11. tasha

    tasha Active Member

    Oh thank you James that is fantastic and yes it was exactly after apartheid era that these stamps were made. Great information and the stamps are interesting too
  12. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, I believe that I have a used Ciskei 30c toy car in my UK collection so today I bought a MNH set on EBay for UK £0.99 + £0.75p/p (US$ 2.46) to add to my toy collection.


    Regards, James.
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  13. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all, another Toy stamp from the Czech republic 2015. This depicting a Meccano construction set. I remember building many toy models with Meccano as a boy.
    I believe that Meccano fetches high prices on EBay today.


    Regards, James.
  14. tasha

    tasha Active Member

    these are great and who knew they even existed! Love them and so interesting to see the art on them too. Ebay has some good deals sometimes and very rarely can you find a good item that you really want but they do have them
  15. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all. Tasha's comments about EBay made me think that it may be worth investigating further. I thought that EBay worldwide would be too complex so I chose EBay-UK.
    eBay claim there are around 190,000 businesses registered on eBay UK, but up until today I’ve never seen a total figure for how many people sell on eBay on a monthly basis.
    Now eBay have revealed the figure and it’s an astounding 4 million plus eBay UK users listing at least one item each and every month.


    I personally think that EBay is an excellent source for purchaces. Here in Thailand it can save me paying the 100% import duty on many products, also it is easy to get items that are difficult to find here.

    For buying stamps, I examine the scans carefully, place my bid and wait, If I fail I know that, that particular stamp will be available in the next month or so.

    In 2014? I bid on a page of 48 Thai stamps (from Hawaii) I was interested in three overprinted stamps of 1899 listed at about US$20 each (worth about $5 each), there was one other $20 stamp too, but I have many of these (Thai #1)

    I placed a bid of $20 and waited about 5 days. There were no other bidders so I got the stamps for $0.99 + $2.00 postage, a little over 6c per stamp.
    This sort of purchase does'nt happen too often.

    Regards, James.
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  16. tasha

    tasha Active Member

    wow that definitely does not happen too often. I was ripped off once with buying a stamp for $200 and it was obviously not worth anything but I was stupid and naïve then when it came to value for items now I have definitely learned my lesson
  17. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Nice. I also like the cancels on those home made toys used stamps. :)
  18. SATX Collector

    SATX Collector Remember the Alamo!

    In the USA, we had a series of similar toys called Erector Sets. Screws, nuts, slotted and drilled metals allowed for just about any type of mechanical construction one could think of. My brothers were not as "engineering oriented" as I was (one did build model planes though), so I took all 3 sets my parents gave us and made some huge and some abstract contraptions.

    Update: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erector_Set Looks like they are all under the Meccano name now!

    Another update... Wikipedia is addictive sometimes!!! Had this toy as well https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girder_and_Panel_building_sets but they don't show a picture. Folks didn't know what type of engineering I would be going into so I had these two toys as well as the Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs, Johnny Astro, as well as digging holes and piling rocks in the backyard. And here I am today!!!
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016
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  19. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello all.
    In 1901 Frank Hornby took out patents for Meccano. It was called Mechanics Made Easy at first and the name was later changed to Meccano. Hornby teamed up with David Elliott, who provided much of the required venture capital, and started producing sets. These early sets contained about 15 different pieces and were made of tinplate. The basic concept of using perforated strips and plates that were fastened together with nuts and bolts was very novel and the company steadily grew.
    Over the next few years, a number of different sized sets were started and new pieces were introduced, for example brass gears. In 1907, a new factory was established on Duke Street. The company invested in new commercial equipment leasing and had several employees. A few years later they moved again to larger quarters on West Derby Road. In 1908, Frank Hornby bought out his partner and changed the name of his building sets and company name to "Meccano". Meccano in this era was mostly nickel plate and brass. The company exported to many countries, e.g. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and other parts of the British Commonwealth. In later years, Meccano was manufactured in other countries as well, e.g. France, Spain and Argentina. For a few years, there was a Meccano factory in New Jersey, U.S.A. but this was eventually closed down. The Gilbert Toy Company's "Erector" sets captured much of the U.S.A. market.
    Full history below:


    A few early photos here too.
    Regards, James.
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  20. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    That's a great link. Having had an Erector set as a child it was interesting to read the article and see some great old photos.
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