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Clown and monkey toy
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Source : [Battery operated objects] [toy]
Format : Toy
Dimensions : 260 mm high
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Clown with squeeze box and monkey.

An extension of clockwork toys is the toy powered by electricity, whether this is supplied by battery or mains electricity. Dry cell batteries became available early in the 20th century and gradually battery operated toys began to appear alongside mechanical toys. From the middle of the century when plastic was developed, battery powered toys became the norm. Before then, and more recently, tin toys powered by batteries were popular.

This novelty clown has a dual action with the monkey clashing his cymbals while the clown presses his squeeze box. Note the clown is missing his nose: presumably this was large and red.

There are no maker's marks.

Period : 1946-1979
Further reading :

Bartholomew, Charles. Mechanical toys, London; New York [etc.]: Hamlyn, 1979

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

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