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Clockwork aeroplane
Title : Clockwork aeroplane Clockwork aeroplane
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Source : [Clockwork aeroplane] [toy]
Format : Toy
Dimensions : wingspan 340 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Donated by : Mr C Kemp
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Description :

Clockwork bi-plane, labelled 'Made in England'. The plane is lacking its propellor.

Toy aeroplanes did not become popular until after World War One. Earlier, publicity generated by the long distance record flights had stimulated interest, but aeroplanes had never reached the heights of popularity of cars and particularly of trains. After World War Two 'space' toys also entered the market.

Model construction kits for aeroplanes and ships were, and remain, popular appealing to a different market, which enjoys the challenge of assembling the kits.
Period : 1919-1927
Further reading :

Gardiner, Gordon. The all-colour directory of metal toys: a pictorial guide to the art of collecting international playthings, Sydney: Lansdowne, c1984

Hillier, Mary. Automata & mechanical toys: an illustrated history, London: Jupiter, 1976

King, Constance Eileen. Metal toys & automata, London: Apple Press, c1989

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