Toy Soldier Scrap Book

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Edwardian or WW1 scraps from an old postcard scraps book in my collection. The uniform looks WW1, the gun more like the riveted traditional toy soldier  Boer war naval gun.

 

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Further scraps
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My favourite tiny scrap of the whole book, these charming toy soldiers. 
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Review Hyde Park reads the wall poster – soldier boys in this Victorian or Edwardian scrap.
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WW1 type costume for dressing up, some delightful wooden toy soldiers and  a scrap of Victorian general Lord Chelmsford. 
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A delightful close up of one of the wooden toy soldiers. 
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Another Victorian hero General Sir Garnet Wolseley, kilted boy soldier costume  drumming and a naval rating doll.
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Another lovely scrap – Late Victorian or Edwardian scrap of early toy soldiers and toy fort, including an unusual flag. Sadly with some enthusiastic pencil scribbling that could be carefully removed.
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More child marching band scraps to match the kilted drummer boy. 
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The post card album is anonymous. A little pencil inscription on the first page beginning Mon Cherie …

Some of the other non-military scraps are interesting too. A colourful group of street scenes such as this railway scrap …

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Victorian or Edwardian train guard. 
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A close up of these Victorian newsboys 
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Another little vignette, a shoeshine boy near The Monument in London. 

Some of the scraps are quite large scenes, including this military grouping of Tussauds waxworks.

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Napoleon and General Gordon amongst the historical figures … 
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Yachting on the Round Pond …
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A much later press cutting in the back of the scrapbook from around 1945.

As with many scrapbooks, there is a strange reuse or later entry in the form of this World War 2 Royal Marines press cutting, talking about return from the recent fighting alongside Dutch troops in Holland.

Not knowing who the postcard album belonged to, I have no idea how this cutting is connected to the rest of the album.

Another curious addition included in this album when I bought it is this hand drawn silhouette titled ‘Welcome Home’.

An interesting little album …

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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