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Mixed Results at Selzer November “Fall Auction” 2014


The three-day November auction from Auktionshaus Selzer provided yet another offering of interesting toys and trains.  For those unfamiliar with this auction house, it’s located in Rüdesheim am Rhein, a wonderful picturesque city located on the Rhein River in Germany.  It’s one of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions and a perfect setting for the display and sale of treasured Marklin toys. Days 1 and

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Josef Danilowatz: Painting Märklin by Lid and Cover


What do Marklin players see first?  Young enthusiasts might first see Marklin at a friend’s house running around the tracks.  Displays in store windows present a colorful moving orchestra of windup and electric toys working in harmony.  The bright lights and realistic sounds would draw in those walking by.  If you were lucky, your dealer might give you a catalog to bring home and look

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Bertoia Auctions’ Spring Toy Break auction tops $1.95m


Frank Loveland’s trains and trolleys; horse-drawn and bell toys from the late Harvey Funderwhite’s collection, and the numerous high-end European and early American toys made for a great auction sale.  Bertoia Auctions associate Rich Bertoia said “It was a terrific sale, and there was a great camaraderie throughout.  As they headed out the door with their purchases, everybody was chattering about the

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History of the Faller Company


Shortly after the war, two brothers, Edwin and Hermann Faller, started making plans for the future; they wanted to make wooden toys. In 1946 in Stuttgart the brothers founded the ‘Hermann Faller company’. Soon after, the brothers relocated their company to their hometown, Gütenbach, in the Black Forest (‘Schwarzwald’).  They renamed their company to ‘Faller Brothers’ (‘Gebrüder Faller’) and began making

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