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Tin Toys – Tin Lithograph – were produced when flat sheets of metal were lithographed with colors such that when the parts were cut out and put together with bendable tabs – you had a toy. Some of the earliest toys can date back as far back as the 1880’s
These toys could be cars, space guns, buildings, Halloween noise makers – just about anything could be fashioned from metal.
While Germany led the way making tin toys, after World War II Japan moved into the lead and more or less controlled the market. (See Battery-Op Page). The popularity of tin toys continued until the tin toy market was effected by demand and safety concerns. Japan had drastically been cut. Although China has taken on the production of tin toys today they do not demand the respect of the older Japanese tin lithograph toys which are far superior in quality and highly sought by toy collectors
By the 1970’s tin toy production by