Jessi is having a party- show your Favorite Childhood Toys. I went down to the basement to dig out some of my Barbie dolls, games & books, but they all looked ...played with...and kind of dirty and old...which they are...
So instead, I thought I'd show my favorite childhood toys that are from someone else's childhood.
I started collecting tin litho tea sets about ten years ago- about the same time I started selling antiques.
I don't actively look for them anymore- no more daily Ebay searches, and I've sold some of my older pieces that were actually worth something- but if I run across a set at an auction or flea market at a reasonable price- I can't resist,
It's hard to find complete sets- and I don't think I have any that have all their pieces- this one is missing the lid to the teapot.
It's called Ducky Bathtime and was made in the 1940's. The graphics were done by Elaine Ends Hileman who also illustrated children's books.
The larger piece is a saucer- I'm really not sure what the smaller pieces were for- they are really tiny- about 1 1/2" in diameter.
Isn't she sweet?
Here's the other side of the pitcher.
These pink and black dishes are called Swanset from 1956. I have two different sets of it- one very played with, with pink interiors on the cups...
... and one with white interiors on the cups, and in better condition. But it's hard to find these pieces without some rust. Little girls liked to have their tea parties, and the dishes got wet.
It's nice to know that these 50 and 60 year old toys are still making someone smile!
Thanks for hosting a fun party, Jessi!
Added Thu Morning
If you read Karla's blog, you know that her 50th birthday is on Monday. We celebrate her birthday by going to the big flea market in Sparks KS and having funnel cakes.
This is Karla's present and I think what's inside is even better. I told her she could open it tomorrow, but she says she's going to wait....
My nieces, Claire and Aiden, both had birthdays in April, and now they are both teenagers. It was a lot easier to buy them presents when they were little. This year, I got them both Starbucks gift cards- and made pretty folders to put them in.