2005 (28,5 x 28,5 cm), 144 pp. English text, ca. 350 ills. (285 in colour), clothbound/slipcase
In the past many articles have been published on antique wooden toys as a subject, and as a part of Folk Art, highlighting the beautifully carved or turned toys that were crafted by ordinary farmers and manual workers during the long winter months in the countries that surrounded the Netherlands. It was absolutely unknown that the Netherlands also had such a wood-processing centre. A place where, as far as we know now, wooden toys have been made since the 18th century. This is the first book that makes mention of the history of the origin of the toy industry in Waddinxveen. It presents historical company photo's, trade catalogues, records and description of the wooden toys supported by over 250 pictures in colour of miniature tow coaches, stage -coaches, horses, miniature dolls, kitchens, romantic warehouses with miniature gardens, lift bridges, etc. All of these toys, crafted in both plain wood and painted with folk -art motifs, were produced by home workers and within small companies in Waddinxveen between 1780 and 1980.