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Wooden Toys

A small selection of vintage toys made in Kalinin, Zagorsk, and elsewhere in the arts & crafts style. At any given time, many unusual items will be found here.

Turned souvenir toys were very popular for a short while in Russia prior to the breakup of the USSR. Manufacture included a variety of figures of people, birds and animals as well as group compositions that were made from wooden parts produced on a turning lathe. Kalinin toys were particularly creative - full of imagination and humor. The toys were designed and painted in a terse style: two dots and three straight lines for eyes, eyebrows and nose; two round spots and a curve for the mouth and cheeks. This same laconic style was used for the costumes, which did not, however, lose their specific national features. These toys are very attractive, small and inexpensive and have a great emotional affinity to wooden carved toys.

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