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Nothing quite evokes our childhood memories like the toys that entertained us when we were young, from teddy bears and dolls to building bricks and train sets.
This Special issue of 10 stamps beautifully captures classic toys that encouraged creativity and inspired millions of young minds. And they are still enthralling children to this day.
10 Classic Toys Special Stamps featuring: The Merrythought Bear, Sindy, Spirograph, Stickle Bricks, W. Britain toy figures, Spacehopper, Fuzzy-Felt, Meccano, Action Man and Hornby Dublo as two horizontal se-tenant strips of five First Class stamps.
The Merrythought Bear
Merrythought is a soft toy manufacturer established in 1930 by Gordon Holmes and its first catalogue – launched in 1931 – included the first Merrythought mohair teddy bear alongside a variety of plush toy animals.
In September 1963, Pedigree Toys Ltd launched Sindy, Britain’s new teenage fashion doll dressed in a range of outfits created by cutting-edge designers Foale and Tuffin . Over time, Sindy’s look, fashion and style have gained her millions of fans across the world who regard themselves as true ‘Sindy Girls’.
Spirograph uses complicated mathematical formulae to create hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. All you need to do is stick a pen through a hole in one of the Spirograph tools on a piece of paper, twirl it around and watch a pattern emerge!
Stickle Bricks are primarily intended for toddlers and were invented in 1969. An individual stickle brick is a colourful plastic shape which is a few centimetres long and which has a "brush" of small plastic "fingers" on one or more edges.
W. Britain Toy Figures
The William Britain company originally produced lead soldiers but subsequently switched to plastic. US Cavalry, Greek warriors and Cowboys and Indians were among the most popular characters.
The origins of this concept were Italian and intended as an exercise device rather than as a toy. The version we know and love was a British creation, from Mettoy.
Fuzzy-Felt was created in 1950 by Lois Allan and comprises a flocked backing board onto which a number of felt shapes - silhouettes or more detailed printed versions – can be placed to create different pictures.
Invented by Frank Hornby, this was originally marketed as ‘Mechanics Made Easy’ (1901), but the name was switched to the more familiar Meccano in 1907. Meccano remains amongst the most collectable of British toy manufacturers.
American toy firm Hasbro invented the concept of a doll that boys could play with. The first dolls for the UK market appeared in 1966. UK-specific outfits were produced. Among the most popular are footballer kits and the Red Devil parachutist.
It might appear as if nobody else was making toys early in the 20th century, but Frank Hornby was at it again with these scale model train sets, first introduced in 1920.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 18.09.2017
Printer: International Security Printers
Size: 35mm x 35mm