This colorful piece was a gift from Teru Kitahara, the biggest toy collector in Japan – and perhaps the world. I visited Teru in Tokyo and he said to me, “What are you after?” For years I had been collecting and studying the cheapest toys made as soon after World War II as possible in the axis countries. Natural resources bombed to oblivion by the allies, I was fascinated by the ingenuity of very early, post war German and Japanese toy makers.
I showed Teru some photos of what I was after, he took me to his warehouse and started shouting orders to workers (it was probably 9 at night) and one after another, boxes of gems, a king’s ransom of collectibles was passed under my nose – all I had to do was point and it was mine. In a lifetime of collecting, this is one of my all-time favorite moments. My wife, Mom of Mom and Pop Culture, says I never showed so much restraint. This is one of a number of pieces I was generous given by the great Teru Kitahara on that evening of magical delights.
Very Fine – a few missing – 3 styles shown here. From the printing on the card I would say 1960’s, perhaps even later, though the watches have, to my eye, a distinctively 1950’s look. Remember, these are toy watches – they do not run. Heaven knows what this display would be worth if they actually ran!
You won’t be disappointed in this breath-taking rarity!
Comes with a COA from the Adler Collection / Museum of Mom and Pop Culture.
Up, up and away!.