RADIGUET AND SONS SCIENTIFIC TOYS and TOY BOATS


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New book, page count 200, hardbound

The name of this 19th family of toy makers is well known to toy collectors.

This book results from the meticulous study of a large collection of original documents which so far are mostly unpublished. It will enable collectors, enthusiasts, live steam specialists to identify these exceptional toys which are 150 years old.

The name of this 19th century illustrious family of toy-makers is well known to toy collectors and museum curators. But, who were the Radiguets ? Frédéric Marchand, an expert on antique toys and author of several books on the history of toys (Motos-Jouets, L'histoire des Jouets Martin ou Avions-Jouets des origines à 1945 et Avions-Jouets 1945 à 1970) will try to answer that question by recounting the history of this family who invented the concept of educational toys that played a part in the development of 19th century enlightenment and modernity. The Radiguets marketed their new type of « scientific » toys such as live steam engines, boats, locomotives, but also boxes of electrical experiments based on the latest scientific discoveries, in a mail-order catalogue which was the first of its kind. This book results from the meticulous study of a large collection of original documents which so far are mostly unpublished. It will enable collectors, enthusiasts, live steam specialists and institutional organizations to identify these exceptional toys which are 150 years old. It is also a tribute to this very discreet family and to all the small industrial owners of the time who went through thick and thin to make a living. "

The name of this 19th century illustrious family of toy-makers is well known to toy collectors and museum curators. But, who were the Radiguets ? Frédéric Marchand, an expert on antique toys and author of several books on the history of toys (Motos-Jouets, L'histoire des Jouets Martin ou Avions-Jouets des origines à 1945 et Avions-Jouets 1945 à 1970) will try to answer that question by recounting the history of this family who invented the concept of educational toys that played a part in the development of 19th century enlightenment and modernity. The Radiguets marketed their new type of « scientific » toys such as live steam engines, boats, locomotives, but also boxes of electrical experiments based on the latest scientific discoveries, in a mail-order catalogue which was the first of its kind. This book results from the meticulous study of a large collection of original documents which so far are mostly unpublished. It will enable collectors, enthusiasts, live steam specialists and institutional organizations to identify these exceptional toys which are 150 years old. It is also a tribute to this very discreet family and to all the small industrial owners of the time who went through thick and thin to make a living. "

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