December 19, 2010

Happy Haiga Day!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Image courtesy Library of Congress.

I love this photo labeled "Advertisement for Pictorial Toy Catalogue No. 2." It's from 1887! Not a battery operated toy in the bunch!


  1. I would encourage people to click on the image so they can see it even bigger. I write about kids at a time when toys had no batteries, and I was fascinated by every shelf. I wonder if there's a book somewhere with such pictures collected....

    Thank you!

  2. If you look closely, there's only one gun, one sword, one whip, and bunches of inanimate objects. Contrast that to what kids play with today.