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The History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots By Deborah Jaffe

The History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots
by Deborah Jaffe

Traces the history of toys through the ages. This book reflects changing attitudes to childhood as well as the influences of technology and the invention of materials. It explores the various influences on toys from politics and marketing to religion and education.

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The History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots Summary


This appealing and well-illustrated book traces the history of toys through the ages. It reflects changing attitudes to childhood as well as the influences of technology and the invention of new materials. Remarkably, some toys have changed very little despite a change in materials: rattles once made of straw, clay, silver, leather and wood are now made of plastic. Greek, Egyptian and Roman children played with dolls, miniature houses, balls, spinning tops and pull-along animals on wheels. Kites have been flown in China for centuries. Dolls were either made from wood, fabric, leather or porcelain - or, for poor children, were just a chalk face on an old shoe wrapped in material - before the advent of fine sculpting by toymakers, Kathe Cruse or Sasha Morgenthaler. Deborah Jaffe explores the various influences on toys from politics and marketing to religion and education. She takes us on a fascinating exploration of toys through the ages.

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GOR006402069
The History of Toys: From Spinning Tops to Robots
Deborah Jaffe
Good
Hardback
The History Press Ltd
2006-05-18
288
0750938498
9780750938495
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.