Free UK Delivery for orders over £50

Must Have 1920s Toys

Posted by Deco London on

Louise Brooks and Dismal Desmond
Louise Brooks with Dismal Desmond ~1927
So, what were the 'must-have' Christmas toys of the 1920s? Dismal Desmond, designed by Richard Elliott and created by the Dean's Rag Book Co.,was one of the most successful soft toys of the 1920's. Dismal Desmond's sad, droopy face was loved by children and became the mascot of the England Cricket Team. 
Dismal Desmond
In 1920, Frank Hornby introduced the first clockwork train set. These early trains were sold as self-assembly kits, attracting train collectors, children and adults alike. In 1925, Hornby launched the first electric train set, which started a craze for model trains that continues today.
Hornby Train
The Chad Valley toy company produced cloth dolls throughout the 1920s, which were very popular with girls. Their most beautiful and famous were made in the likeness of Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose in the 1930s. 
Chad Valley Dolls
And for those who couldn't afford the expensive new toys of the day, the old classics were a cheaper alternative; jokes, puzzles, magic tricks and clockwork toys were all popular gifts, as well as board game such as chess, snakes and ladders.
Snakes and ladders
 
1920s 1920s toys 1930s art deco celebrity chad valley christmas deco london dismal desmond hornby trains louise Brooks snakes and ladders

← Older Post Newer Post →

Deco Diaries

RSS
Tags
1910s 1920s 1920s fashion 1920s toys 1930s 1930s lidos 43 club aaron douglas Ada Coleman Adelaide Hall Adele Astaire Adeline Kent African American Afrocentric Agatha Christie Alabama Albert Staehle Alice Walker Allied Amédée Ozenfant american art deco American Bar Anatomy of a Murder Andre Edouard Marty Annette Kellerman anthropologist Arabia Aram art art deco art deco architecture artists Asscher cut Atlas Sculpture Bamboo Inn bandleader Barbara Hepworth Barnard College bass museum Bathtub Gin bauhaus Bauhaus Design School Bauhaus movement Belle Epoque Ben Nicholson Bentley Wood Sussex beverly nichol Bibendum Chair Bill Tilden Billie Holliday Bizarre black identity black southern folklore Blossom Umbrella boutique bright young things Brilliant Cut british summer Broadway brocade brooklands Brutalist Style Butlins Cab Calloway cabaret cadillac cafe de paris Cafe Society California school of Art capes card Cavendish cecil beaton celebrity Centenary chad valley Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris Chatsworth christmas Christopher Tunnard Chrysler Building Cité radieuse clare hollingworth Clarice Cliff Cocktails coco chanel cole porter collar Connie's Inn costume Cotton Club Coty crash crepe Cubist Cubist Movement cuff cultural revolution dance halls David Suchet dean street Death on the Nile deco london Design Detroit Detroit Institute of Arts diamond Diego Rivera dismal desmond Dom-Ino house Donnell Garden dora marr Dragon Chair dry vermouth Duke Ellington Dust Tracks on the Road E-1027 modernist villa Eatonville edward Edward Burra Egypt Ella Fitzgerald Elmer Simms Campbell empire line ernest Erte evening dress Everyday Strange Exclusive Club exercise Factories fashion designer Florida folklorist Fort Pierce Florida Franz Boas Fred and Adele Fred and Ginger Fred Astaire French Cut Frequency hopping Frieda Kahlo functionalism furniture furs Gabriel Guevrekian garden design gardens Gargoyle club Geometric Sunburst gerrard street Gin Ginger Rogers gossip GPS Bluetooth great depression Guernica Gunta Stolzl harem pants Harlem Harlem Renaissance Harpers Bazaar Harry CRaddock Harvard Graduate School of Design he Museum of Modern Art Heal's Hedy Lamarr Hellen Wills Moody Henry Moore Hercule Poirot history Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick Hollywood Hollywood Club Honolulu hornby trains Howard Carter Howard Hughes Hutch Ilusion Set inventor irving fisher Irving Mills Isokon (Lawn Road) Flats J Greenup Jack and Molly Pritchard Jardin de la villa Noailles Jazz jazz age Jazz scene Jean Patou jersey jitterbug John Paston John Rhodes Cobb Jonah's Gourd Vine Joy Jungle Alley Kathleen Kitty McKane Godfrey keep fit Kentucky Club kidney shaped swimming pool laboratory land speed record Langston Hughes Le Corbusier Lee Lawrie Lee LawrieWisom Lenin Lennox Lounge Leslie Hutchinson Leslie Ragan LNER london Louis Armstrong louise Brooks Ludwig Mies van de Rohe luxury L’Espirit Nouveau Pavillion Maison Gerda Maison La Roche Man of the Mountain Man Ray Marcel Brauer Margery Brews Marquis Sommi Marquise matisse Mexican Mexican Revolution MGM miami Mien Rhys Millicent Garett Fawcett Modernist Architecture modernist artist MOMA Monstre sur la plage Moses motor racing Mr Straw Mules and Men Munition Factories Mural Movement murals musicians My Portrait napier-railton National Trust New York New York Art Fair New York City Newport Jazz Festival Night Club Map of Harlem Norma Shearer norman rockwell Nottingham observer Old European orchestra Oscars Otto Preminger outerwear Pablo Picasso palace Pan American Unity parlophone parties Paul Newman paul poiret perfume photography piano Piet Mondrian Pirogue Day Bed plymouth hotel Post-impressionist Prohibition Propaganda public housing raglan sleeve ragtime railton special RCA Building ready-to-wear refugees Rene Lacoste rhapsody Rockefeller Centre Rockerfeller Centre Romain de Tirtoff Rue de Lota apartment santa claus Savoy Cocktail book Scandals scientist seaside secure wi-fi Septimus Scott She Representes slavery Small's Paradise snakes and ladders social history socialites soho Sonoma California Sophia Duleep Singh soundtrack south beach speakeasies sport sporting fashion sportswear SS Sudan Steam Ship stock exchange strong women Sudan summer Sunday Vase Sunrise surrealism swimsuit symbolism Symphony in black Tabac Blond Tamara de lempicka Tate Modern technology telegraph tennis The Coterie The Crocodile The Frankli The Hanky Panky The Isokon building The Isokon Gallery The Savoy Hotel The White Lady The years lie in wait for you Their eyes were watching God Thomas Church Thomas Cook thomas nash Tom Purvis Torpedos Transitional Cut travel treadmill turban Two Women Unite d’Habitation urban design US military V&A valentine valentine's day Vaudeville velvet Vers une architecture Villa Savoye vintage style Virginia Voyages Du Monde wall street Wallace Thurman Walter Gropius war correspondent War Effort Washington DC Wassily and Cesca chairs Wassily Chair Weimer Republic Wells Coates Wilhelm Wagenfeld William J Johnson William Morris Wimbledon Women Land Army Women Land Corps women's suffrage woo wool coats wraps writers WWI WWII Zora Neale Hurston