Other Toys

1957? Japanese red tin toy steam locomotive with friction motor, marked "Aesop" at the front both left and right. 9" long and 3.5" high. Marked "EO" and "Made in Japan." $6 from Matt McKeeby, Schenectady, NY, through Ebay, Feb., '00. Click on the image to see the engine larger.

Now this takes a prize! An Aesop locomotive! I gather that this toy comes from the era during which the Japanese were prone to put any symbol on any object and (re)produce it. "D-57" appears beneath the engineer's windows and on the boiler-cover at the front. There a bunny holds flags, perhaps for the tortoise and hare whose heads are pictured above the name "Aesop" on the flag panels on either side of the boiler-cover. Further back on the left side a crow in a cap holds a mouse either by a string or by its tail. On the opposite side a zebra and bear face each other. The engineer is a stork, who has a wing resting leisurely outside the windows on both sides! On the roof above him is a flying bird. In my years of collecting I never dreamed that such a thing existed.

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1989 Children's toy "color TV," with strip-cartoon of TH. Made in Hong Kong. $.99 at Nobbies, Omaha, Dec., '89.

1991 Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Children's toy from an unknown maker, sold at a Los Angeles flea market. Gift of Margaret Carlson Lytton, Nov., '91.

Movable head and legs. This curious creation may resemble a dog as much as a wolf. Whichever he/she is, the creature did its costume very well!

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2020  Playmobil Set 70621: "Aesop's Fables."  30 pieces, including a story booklet.  Greek texts.  $37.50 from happy*sheriff through Ebay, July, '21.

This is a cute and clever set of figures for presenting seven of Aesop's fables.  The booklet and package texts are all in Greek.  Not for purchase in the USA.  The animals' heads can be raised and lowered.  Human heads can be turned, and arms move up and down.  I had thought that the grown man figure was Aesop; he may be, but he is also the human adult in SS and MSA.