Sunday, 13 March 2011

Noah's Ark

These are images of early 19th century toys made from wood, tin and lead that have been an inspiration to my current enamelling project. This Noah's Ark (1830s) was the only toy allowed to bought out of the play box on a Sundays due to it's religious connotations. Tin toys began to make an appearance on the markets, shops and stalls in the 1880s. Germany in the early 20th century was the leading country in tin toy production this came to a halt when war began . Lead was used in toy production although it was halted to a stand still in the 20th century due to the damaging effects the metal can have on one's nervous system which can cause blood and brain disorders.

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