Steam Toys

Steam Engine

Hello, my name is John Chapman. When I was a lad in the fifties we all wanted a steam engine. I was fortunate enough to be given one for Christmas when I was ten years old. It had a single oscillating cylinder and was fired by a small spirit lamp. I had hours of fun with it and it was probably responsible for my lifelong interest in things mechanical and steam powered machines in particular.

In more recent years I have started to collect historic steam toys. My interest lies mainly in those that were produced during what I regard as the "golden age" for British made steam toys, the period from 1925 up to the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 and the immediate post war period from 1945 to 1950.

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