Sunday, May 3, 2015
Saturday morning at the Ithaca Farmers Market - 1974!
Looking over the table, you can see some of the toys already mentioned. There is a climbing bear, and a flying butterfly hanging in the back corner of the table. Front and center are a couple of the helicopters I mentioned earlier. At the back of the circle of cars is the Rolls Royce I have been talking about. I'll fill you in on the other cars later. The 4-car train is there, along with what we called a cement mixer. I have been recently informed that it is actually a concrete mixer! Beside the cash box is one of my very earliest designs - the bee pull toy, complete with spinning wings. The basket is full of little wooden cars. More about wheels later, but the wheels on the little wooden cars in the basket are ones we made ourselves.
We were all just lined up along the sides of a dirt parking lot down near the inlet at the foot of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY - most folks were selling produce, plants, etc, but there were quite a few crafts people. Potters, woodworkers, a toy maker (us), etc. Side note - I still use a cutting board purchased from friends Chris and Ginny Gartlein at the Ithaca Farmer's Market.
I'll go back to Rolls Royce making in the next post, but I wanted you to see that we actually made and sold wooden toys!