My husband's grandfather was apparently brilliant at woodwork and any kind of practical stuff, and we have several wooden toys that he made, built to withstand WW3.
Here is the blackboard and easel:
Eastwoods in Lewes where he worked.
Then there is the working windmill:
The rocking horse had a bit of a sprucing up when our children were little, with new leather seat and paint, but it still had a lot of use. It needs supervision as we lost several children over the front when they got a bit enthusiastic:
These toys were all made in the late 1940s, and if you work it out, you will see that our grandchildren are now playing with toys made by their great-great-grandfather. I wonder what he would have thought.
Then there are a couple of things made by my father for me in the early 1950s. Apparently this little cot is one of Emily's favourite toys:
It was one of my favourite toys too, I loved playing with dolls. I was passionate about kittens and can also remember dressing several up in dolls clothes and trying to get them to lie in the cot. A futile game of course.
I digress, but this is my first kitten, Tiger:
And lastly there is my dolls house:
So these last two were made by the little ones great-grandfather.
I'm not normally one for looking to the past, I prefer to look to the future, but I must confess to feeling nostalgic about these old toys. They may be around for many years to come.
PS We are well aware that these things are not made to current toy standards, and the paint no doubt contains lead. They are all used under supervision!