Grasshopper pull toy, painted wood, France, 1930s
I love the website of the French cultural institution Les Arts Decoratifs!
Besides organizing beautiful and unusual exhibitions (remember Les Lalanne?),
its online documentation is generous in quantity and high in quality.
These photos showcase some of the toys featured in the 2010 exhibition
Petites et Grosses Bêtes, dedicated to animal representations in the world of toys.
Ladybug (I had this one as a child) and snail tin friction toys,
Ernst Paul Lehmann toy company, Germany, 1950–60s
Owl, CEJI-Lang toy company, France, 1976
Squirrels, Starlux toy company, France, 1985
Bear by Susan Tantlinger, France, 1988