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A Toy to End All Toys

09/19/2014

One in 8.5 Million

A Toy to End All Toys

Toys 2003.412.26

Toy Soldiers, Ambulance, Supply Carriage, and Stretcher, c. 1914 – 1918, O&M Hausser, sawdust and glue. Gift of J. Madison Macon (Virginia Historical Society, Accession number: 2003.412.26.1-3)

These figures, dressed in Red Cross uniforms and English Brodie helmets worn during the First World War, were created by German company O&M Hausser, which made toy soldiers, cowboys, Indians, and medieval knights before closing in 1983. The soldiers are made from elastoline, the company’s trademarked material made primarily from saw dust and glue. August 2014 marked the centennial of the start of the First World War—a four-year-long global conflict that resulted in over thirty seven million military and civilian casualties.

The Virginia Historical Society has been collecting since 1831. Included in our unique collection are 8-million processed manuscripts, 200,000 books, 290,000 prints and photographs, and 32,000 museum objects documenting the daily lives and times of all Virginians. The object featured here offers one opportunity to look into the past. Millions more treasures await you at our headquarters in Richmond, by appointment at Virginia House, and online at vahistorical.org.

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