Old toys and artworks of gm

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Things have stayed with us ever since they came to our family--- to become heirloom. Reason: we have not moved houses except only once in the last 95 years! So as I grew up, I became attached to such things and developed a fondness for art and collectibles. Here are some of them I'd like to share and I reckon they will be found interesting.

This one is an old bus, probably 80-90 years old. It may be of England as I have a picture postcard of that era showing a similar one. It had steps behind it, but I think it has broken off, like the open seats on top of the bus. I don't know if I broke them off when I was a kid!! The steering can turn the front wheels.

Dinu

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This one is a car from the 1920s when a relative had gone to Japan for studies. So, his daughter when she became old [unmarried], she gave it to us some 40 years back. I remember playing with it for hours as its front wheels too can be turned sideways. It had lovely bulbs as headlamps which I clearly remember to have spoiled. I repent for it now. It's one of my favourites too.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This is part of a Charaka {spinning wheel}. IT had been lying in the attic and I thought I'd bring it out into the garden {ideas from DG!} to grow some little climbers. This must be a century old. I have cut off the longer portion of the stand for some work.Only the wheel remains here.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This is a model of a Concorde..... manufactured by me! From Balsa wood used for aeromodelling. Had collected a few pieces from a friend who was in the Air Force. I could not get the snout properly shaped like the original, but overall, it had come off well. I made it 30 years back keeping a picture of the plane as my reference.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This is a lady's purse, approximately 7"x4". It was made by my aunt about 40 years back when this art was popular here. Made from little beads. She had made tens of other show-case items like these.... chair, table, elephant, giraffe.....

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

These are probably >100y old. They are "playing cards" of that era. Only a few were good and so have chosen to post here. Others had become bad - the paint had fallen off. This is called Ganjifa, a traditional art of painting with lacquer. There are also cards of these colours representing numbers with different designs. No idea how they were played. It was very popular those days, for sure. This art is still in vogue here. There may be only one artist or two practising it. But the cards are for its value sake and not for playing.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Same thing, smaller ones, different set.

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N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Darn, I can't see any of the pictures.

Lawrenceville, GA(Zone 7b)

I love your idea of the spinning wheel. I saw one in a small garden at a little shop in the tourist section of Saint Augustine, FL last year.
You really have some neat, old things. Thanks for sharing your photos with us.

Susan

N.C. Mts., NC(Zone 6b)

Now I can see them. I love the bus and car. Thank you for showing them.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

This one is a brass elephant, another family heirloom. The art work is simply lovely.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

And a horse. Good that the ears have been left out -- one has been broken :(

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Had posted a pic of a different work of the same art some months ago. Here's another work of art done with rice in 1936, by my talented grandmother. The design is of a mythological bird called 'Ganduberunda'. For appeal, 'golden' threads are decorated. This is also the Royal Emblem of the Mysore Kings.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

You may not beleive, this is made from Cardamom Peels (the centre one). The borders are decorated with plastic leaves and other buttons. This is our Indian National Emblem - The Ashoka Lion, as it is called. This work of art was also by my grandmother some 50 years back.... more recent, compared to others.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

That is the remnant of a full set of neat carriage I guess. When in good condition, how neat it would have been. It is in bad shape now. Just balanced it for picturing it. Otherwise, it will fall. The joints are all broken though the horses' legs are still strong and can run!!! LOL. They are of the Victorian era. This has no place in our new show case - a separate thread I've just started. Some of the above items too are kept in it.

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Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_General_Omnibus_Company
I bring up this thread again as I found this link today - on the first picture of this thread. I thought it was interesting to know about that motor company.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

Latest picture.

Can someone tell to which exact period this belongs? I searched London Motor Omnibus Company on google.

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Cuyahoga Falls, OH(Zone 5a)

Wonderful collection ! I'm so glad you shared these !

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

http://mysoreanmusings.blogspot.com/2011/09/toy-cars-and-buses.html More pictures in it.
I wrote a blog relating to these. Do see, please!

Sherrie In, NH(Zone 5a)

They have to be worth money! Tires or not.

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)

True.

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