28 Toys From Your Childhood That Are Now Worth Bank -
A lot of wishful thinking on somebody’s part since a few of them can be found in any Goodwill for $3, but others… okay, maybe.
Today’s antique store haul:
Three plastic eidelweis stars (1940s-1950s)
One orange M&M ornament (1990s)
An absurd number of colored tin icicles (2000s)
Two dollars for the whole shmere.
For perspective, the price of 24 new in can tin icicles is $17.
During Edwardian times colourized tinsel was a necessary trimming for a festive tree. The iridescent colour we use on one side of the tinplate gives a brilliant jewelled-like appearance and is augmented by the reflective qualities of the premium tin we use. Based on pieces we have in our collection, the pieces are a little wider than our Victorian Tinsel and have a hole punched in the top instead of a built-in hook, giving the pieces the ability to turn when hung.
The stars may seem silly in the present day, but the history is more upbeat than that. During the wartime rationing of glass and metal in the early 1940s and the “new and futuristic” factor of plastic products in the 1950s, items like this were seen as cutting edge and exciting.
Black Flag brand bug sprayer (popularly called a “Flit gun” after a different brand of insecticide), with a metal body, wooden handle, and glass fluid chamber… no cheap plastic here, folks.
They didn’t mean “working girls” as in prostitutes, they meant females in the workforce — which was not a popular place for women to be prior to the first World War, other than in clothing manufacturing where they faced long hours, poor pay, lousy conditions, and little respect.
Here’s a clipping from the Utah News-Advocate from July 9, 1915 about Anne Tracy Morgan, philanthropist daughter of businessman and philanthropist J.P. Morgan. [Biographical articles about her: Wikipedia / PBS ] Though Morgan claimed not to be a feminist, she used her money and celebrity to better the lives and working conditions of women in the garment trades and other professional women.
In 1927, Morgan said that one day women will “take their places beside men as partners, unafraid, useful, successful, and free.”
World War II, Pacific Islands, March 1944.
The guy circled in blue ballpoint is the grandfather of the two girls who sold the family album he put together for them at a rummage sale.