The Book

A must for all lovers of tin toys:
the pioneering days of aviation reflected in toy airplanes from Patrick Despature’s definitive collection.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh was the first aviator to venture to fly solo across the Atlantic, and that same year the manufacturer JML produced a toy version of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

These tinplate or sheet-iron planes were based on blurry black-and-white photographs of airplanes, and thus early twentieth-century toy manufacturers permitted themselves a great deal of artistic license.

The biplanes and propeller planes by Märklin, Tipp & Co., Distler, Günthermann, Rossignol, Joustra, INGAP, Paya, or Rico were colorful, and their technical details lacked accuracy.

This extensive catalogue carefully presents these naïvely-designed yet true masterpieces in words and images—besides long-range and record-breaking aircraft, it features hydroplanes, military planes, autogiros (the predecessor to the helicopter), as well as carousels and other flying toys.

Toy Airplanes Book, Patrick Desparture Collection

The publication includes a catalogue and DVD, listing toy airplane manufacturers by country and brand and showing selected airplanes in action.

392 pages, 788 color illustrations, F/D/E
Published by: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012

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