Charles Dee Sharp

THE WONDER OF AMERICAN TOYS - 1920-1950

Introduction:

The golden age of any culture or endeavor is rarely recognized as such during its time. Those of us who grew up in what today is thought of as the Golden Age of American toys - from about 1920 to 1950 - assumed that the toys proliferating in the Woolworth and Kresge five-and-dime stores, the Wards, Sears, Spiegel and F.A.O. Schwartz catalogs, would always be there, that they would exist forever in the present, that history, as regards these toys, had stopped. We’ve since realized how wrong we were... “It was my intention to present a cultural history, an overview of life in America between the two World Wars as reflected by its toys...an era when toys were 'real'.”
--Charles Dee Sharp



Reviews:

“The best coffee table Christmas gift book of the year.”
--Charlie Gibson, Good Morning America (2003)


"The Wonder of American toys 1920-1950 by dedicated toy collecor and expert Charles Dee Sharp is a beautiful photographic showcase of vintage American toys...an extraordinary range of childhood memories..."
--Midwest Book Review


“A great book to read - I enjoyed all the information and the pictures are great...”
--Charles E. Meeks


“TIn Charles Dee Sharp’s The Wonder of American Toys ...we have a celebration of toys from its golden age of the 1920’s through the 1950s. Accompanied by brilliant, full-color photography, it is an impressive sampling of the types of toys produced during this era. The book has separate chapters such as Farm, City, Airplanes, Boats and Dirigibles, Trains, Construction, Music, War, Radio, Movies, Guns - such as Red Ryder, Character toys such as Charlie McCarthy and Felix the Cat and Betty Boop... This is a beautiful book!”
--Tim Janson



Contents:

Introduction
Down on the Farm
Home (Sweet Home)
Life in the Big City
America Takes to the Road
Constructing a New Century
Down to the River and the Sea
On the Atchison, Topkea and the Sante Fe
The Sky’s the Limit
March of Progress; the World Expands
Listening to the Radio; A Ticket to the Movies
A Theatrical World - the Sound of -- Music?
The Comics
Cops and Robbers
Cowboys and Indians
Prejudice and Racism
Carnival! The Circus comes to Town!
The Sporting Scene
America Goes to War
America Enters a New Age

Selected Works

Non-fiction
Outstanding photographs (now historic) of America’s great river as it was in 1953.
Lavishly illustrated toys reflective of American life between the two world wars.