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Tinplate mechanical toy: 20th century

Johann Phillip Meier

Tinplate mechanical toy: 20th century
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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Tinplate mechanical toy tennis players. Johann Phillip Meier made this rare tinplate mechanical penny toy in Nuremburg, Germany. It depicts two tennis players facing each other and contains a mechanism that moves the white ball from the man's racket to the girl's racket as the man leans backwards. A London street vendor sold the toy to Ernest King on 7 March 1908. Street vendors were a common source of penny toys, which could also be bought in small toyshops and department stores including Gamages in Holborn.

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1907 AD - 1908 AD
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