Many little boys and girls for generations grew up playing with toy soldiers. The history and evolution of these toys is fascinating. Toy soldiers go back to the days of the Pharaoh’s. They were first made from clay, wood, and stone. Initially they were in limited numbers, and only for the elite in society.
Toy army men were first massed produced near end of the 18th century. At this tie, these were led figures which were pretty pricey so they did not sell very well. Just before the turn of the 20th century the English firm, William Britains, introduced a less-expensive version of 2 14th inch toy military men, made from hollow cast leads.
They were miniature versions of the armies of France, Germany, America, England, and their opponents. Both Winston Churchill and H.G. Wells were collectors, and can be seen in old photographs, on their rugs and lawns, playing with mini armies of Britain’s toy soldiers..
For the fIt was during the baby boom of the 1950’s that toy soldiers became a staple for children everywhere. The toy men were sold in the Sears catalog, as well as retailers. When led poisoning became an issue, the toy soldiers were made exclusively with plastic.
My brothers and I along with our friends truly enjoyed the toy military soldiers in the late 1960’s. Anti war sentient as well as a rise in sales from action figures caused the toy soldiers to not be in as high a demand. They never however left the scene completely.
Baby booers continue to collect the toys soldiers and the trilogy of Toy Story movies, beginning in the 90’s intrduced the toy men to new generations. Toys R Us sells the Toy Story bucket of toy military men. You can also find these little green men in bags in smaller versions in Dollar Tree. Tree. My grandchildren love making forts and bridges for the toy soldiers to play on. I join the when I can. it brings back fond mmeories.
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