Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Don't grow up too quickly,

lest you forget how much you love the beach.  ~ Michelle Held
There was a time pre i-phones, i-pads, kindles, nooks, etc etc etc when everyone went to the beach to relax and enjoy sun, sand, and ocean.  Now there is probably an app for that!  But, from days gone by...the sand pail or bucket...
The buckets in stock are from the T.Cohn company founded about 1900 by Tobias Cohn. The company made many tin litho toys such as the sand pail.
They also produced the noisemakers that show up around Halloween and New Year's...
The first "playset" type item made by T.Cohn was a doll house in 1948. During the Korean War in the 1950s plastic was in short supply and the Lido Toy Company supplied T.Cohn with many plastic figures for their playset line. The term superior was used as a brand name for the T.Cohn company.

I confess that I had a gas station like this...do not know what brand, but I did love that station and the cars.
The company also produced dollhouses...
 This fort seems to be a big seller on etsy and ebay...
In researching the company, I found they were sued for copying a toy machine gun design and undercutting the price...that is 1949...half a century plus, copying goes on all the time...not to mention price cutting...lots of luck taking someone to court!
I am constantly reminded through one little item...like the sand pail...how much life has changed.  Plastic is the material of choice for sand toys now...heaven forbid a tin dollhouse or fort!  Ever wonder how the baby boomers survived with sharp edges or little plastic cowboys and Indians!
 But, if you want a true beach collectible...we have a couple of the Cohn sand pails...


“No one ever forgets a toy that made him or her supremely happy as a child, even if that toy is replaced by one like it that is much nicer.”  ~ Stephen King - The Eyes of the Dragon     

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