Sunday, 28 December 2014


2010: Toys
Its playtime and these brightly coloured plastic toys would attract any child's attention.  The tipper truck and the ducks are self explanatory but what about that little green creature?  Apparently it is a scooter called "the moon creature" and, as you can see, comes complete with red antennae.  Åland Plasto started to make it in the 1960s, ending production in 1988 but they have been manufacturing the ducks and trucks since the 1970s and continue to do so.  These stamps originally came three to a booklet and the images were photographed by Kjell Soderlund who has been involved with other Åland stamps. 
1963: Folk Toys
In complete contrast, and perhaps more ecologically friendly, here is a "Mottled Straw Cock" from Shanghai, part of a set of "Folk Toys" stamps.  These toys have been made for centuries in all sorts of  materials
Left: Little Cloth Tiger (Tsingtao) and Big Cloth Tiger (Beijing)
Right: Cloth White Rabbit, Wooden Figure and Clay Cock (Beijing)
Clay Spring Ox with Boy Rider (Shanghai)

An entry to Sunday Stamps theme of - Toys - and hosted by Viridian Sky's 'See It on a Postcard'  here.


VioletSky said...

Those Chinese stamps - and toys - are very different! and I am partial to little toy ducks!

Bob Scotney said...

What a surprise to see all these. I can't pick a favourite.

Lisa B said...

I agree with Bob, impossiblle to choose a favourite, fab selection!