Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile


From Japan Society:

Coupling traditional metalworking skills with imported machinery, Japanese tin toys established a worldwide reputation in the 1920s and 1930s for their quality and detailed workmanship. With the resumption of international trade in 1947, exports grew rapidly. Leading American marques such as Ford, Packard, Lincoln, Chevrolet, Belair, Buick, and Cadillac competed to market ever more seductively styled cars to U.S. consumers in an increasingly automobile-based society. In Japan, toy manufacturers followed these styling trends closely, retooling often in order to offer miniature versions of the latest models to eager American children.
Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile
Through August 16, New York