Wednesday, January 13, 2016

World War II Toys



I wanted to show a few more items from the Florida State University Institute on World World II and the Human Experience exhibit I attended last weekend. The first picture shows a cloth Army soldier dressed in khaki wearing an officer's cap. Dolls were frequently made of cloth during the war due to rationing of materials. The second picture shows toy soldiers originally purchased in Canada because rationing in the United States made it difficult to obtain toys made out of metal. Tomorrow I will show a few more items that are definitely not toys!

14 comments:

William Kendall said...

I'm surprised- rationing was in place here too.

Lowell said...

I remember the toy soldiers. I had a bunch of them...enough for what I thought was an army! Great fun at the time, but I did not have much of a sense of the war going on around me. Things did change after 1941, though. I remember rationing of gas and food and how my aunt's fiancee was killed aboard ship at Normandy.

Hope all goes well with you.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, they do bring back the memories!! Great post for the day as always, Lois!! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindo, gostei.
Um abra├žo.

biebkriebels said...

Those look very realistic made. Boys (and eldery men) always like to play with little soldier figures.

eileeninmd said...

I like the toy soldiers. I did remember reading about the rationing. Have a happy day!

Sharon Anck said...

I remember my dad telling me about rationing during the war and what items they could get what they couldn't.

jennyfreckles said...

There's something endearing and enduring about these little figures, despite the connotations.

Halcyon said...

I enjoyed the toys and models. I have a feeling we'll see something "harder" tomorrow.

RedPat said...

I like the doll!

cieldequimper said...

I sometimes see toys like these, sold in antiques shops...

Revrunner said...

I'm continually surprised by how these kinds of things survive the years.

VP said...

These remind me of my toy soldiers... a long time ago!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is an interesting museum -- a little scary, but important to remember. I sure don't remember having any toy soldiers (or my brother either).