Toy collection is at the peak of its popularity

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I have now purchased an iPod.It took me two Sundays and a number of tantrums to load my precious iPod, but now it’s loaded, the sky is the limit.

Today technology is the plaything of the young child.

As the child grows perhaps he or she begins to realise that their childhood lacked something and perhaps that is why collecting toys is such a great passion of so many today.

Before the 19th century toys were largely handmade or manufactured in small-scale cottage industries. These toys, mainly wooden, were made for the wealthy and often intended for an adult market. They are extremely rare in today’s auction market, making them very expensive and thus are probably not the best starting point for a new collector.

The Industrial Revolution saw the mass production of toys. However, even as late as the 1950s, children did not own them in the vast quantities they do today.

Germany was the most prolific toy manufacturer with companies like Marklin, Bing and Lehmann. The effects of the World Wars, though, damaged their market dominance and British companies like Hornby, Meccano and Britains began to boom. However, many of the smaller British companies were later put out of business by cheaper production in Far Eastern countries in the 20th century.

Toy collecting only really began in the 1950s, building in the ‘70s until it reached the popularity we see today. It is difficult to say what is or will be the most collectable toy in the future because people collect modern items such as McDonalds freebies and movie memorabilia.