Toy train set, wood, made by Playskool Manufacturing Co. 3720 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, 18, Illionois, U.S.A., part of Monica Piddington collection, New South Wales, Australia, 1960s

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1971-1972.

Toy train set, wood, made by Playskool Manufacturing Co. 3720 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, 18, Illionois, U.S.A., part of Monica Piddington collection, New South Wales, Australia, 1960s

This 34-piece set comprises 8 blocks, 2 lead-ons, 6 six inch straight tracks, 12 curved tracks, 1 double spur switch, 1 double socket switch, 1 cross over, 1 engine, 1 flat car, 1 freight car, 1 tender and 1 hopper car. The pieces are finished in natural maple wood.

Summary

Object No.

H8837

Physical Description

Toy train set, wood, made by Playskool Manufacturing Co. 3720 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, 18, Illionois, U.S.A., part of Monica Piddington collection, New South Wales, Australia, 1960s

This 34-piece set comprises 8 blocks, 2 lead-ons, 6 six inch straight tracks, 12 curved tracks, 1 double spur switch, 1 double socket switch, 1 cross over, 1 engine, 1 flat car, 1 freight car, 1 tender and 1 hopper car. The pieces are finished in natural maple wood.

Production

Notes

This toy train set was made by the Playskool Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illionois, U.S.A. It is referred to in a contemporary brochure as "Skaneateles train, track and blocks, a combination of building blocks and train of cars with wooden tracks". It is covered by the US patents 2254153 and D.128493.

This complete 34 -piece set, is set No.S930 and is described as a "5 car -Figure 8 with Double Switch-Out".

Made

1971-1972

History

Notes

This toy train set is part of a collection of timber toys bequeathed to the Museum by the late Monica Piddington in 1970. Monica Piddington (1899-1967) was born at Narrandera, NSW, and became a kindergarten teacher. In the 1930s she went on to become the first director of the famous Sydney Playways educational toy shop which opened in Dalley Street, near Circular Quay, and was owned by the Kindergarten Union. Apparently Monica travelled around the world collecting toys of 'superior design, craftsmanship and quality' making them available to Australian teachers, parents and children. In the 1960s the shop moved to Clarence Street. After the Kindergarten Union decided to sell the business, it was taken over by the staff, all Early Childhood graduates, and re-opened as the Play House Toy Shop which operated from 1989 until 2007.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Monica Piddington Memorial Trust, 1970

Acquisition Date

21 September 1970

Cite this Object

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Toy train set, wood, made by Playskool Manufacturing Co. 3720 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, 18, Illionois, U.S.A., part of Monica Piddington collection, New South Wales, Australia, 1960s 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2018, <https://ma.as/253652>

Wikipedia

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