Lead soldiers are well known all over
the world. Together with composition figures they were one of the favourite
toys for boys in the 1920's and 30's. Christmas without some of these figures
was nearly impossible. Nowadays Batman, He-Man & Co have replaced them
in our kids' rooms (and I don't know which type of figures are more cruel).
But these older figures are not forgotten. They just became old together
with their owners and they became valuable collectable items. The picture
on the right was taken around 1912 and the note on the backside says in
German: "For your review, I just got these".
As much as tin soldiers are a well known item for most
people, composition figures are mainly unknown and often lead to astonishing
questions: "What kind of composition? Is it plastic?" Well, plastic is
definitely wrong. The composition material is totally different from any
kind of plastic we know today.
A proud collector, about 1912