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Old and New Toys

Victorian Noah's Ark

Made of wood, this set features simply carved wooden animals, a flat bottomed ark and two figures.
A Victorian Noah´s Ark Toy

This Victorian Noah’s Ark is made of wood.

Victorian children had parents who thought they should not play with toys on a Sunday - imagine that! One exception was the Noah’s Ark – because the story of Noah comes from the Bible.


Modern Noah's Ark

A new Noah´s Ark toy made of wood and brightly painted.  There are pairs of tigers, zebras, camels, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes and lions as well as two human figures.
New Noah´s Ark Toy

This modern Noah’s Ark is made of brightly painted wood. Which animals can you recognise? Are the animals in the old Noah’s Ark as easy to recognise?


1950s Toy Motorcycle

A 1950s tinplate, clockwork motorcycle.  The motorbike is red and the rider is wearing a yellow and brown outfit.  Some of the paint is missing.
1950s Tinplate, Clockwork Motorcycle

This tinplate, clockwork motorcycle dates from the 1950s. Look at the motorcyclist’s clothes and helmet.


Modern Toy Motorcycle

A new clockwork motorcycle toy.  The bike and rider are coloured green adn made of plastic.  The rider wears a red helmet.
A New Clockwork Motorcycle Toy

This modern toy motorcycle is made of plastic. Compare it to the motorcycle above. What is similar?  What is different?