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German toy sewing machines, book cover.

German Toy Sewing Machines

Author:

Peter Wilhelm

Pages:

20

Prolific ISMACS author Wilhelm printed only 100 of these booklets, aimed principally at the newcomer to the hobby, and it quickly sold out. Contains brief details of the principal factories and many illustrations from the last century up until the 1960s.

F.W. Muller's Toy sewing machines. book cover.

F. W. Müller's Toy Sewing Machines

Author:

Hannes Kowatsch and Rita & Manfred Koym

Publisher:

Available via Rita Koym, Wernigeroder St 24, D-16515, Oranienburg, Germany.

Format:

Colour. English text

A curious mixture; part dedicated collector’s research/part post-war history of a workers’ co-operative.
If you can ignore the off-topic propaganda, what remains is the most comprehensive, all-picture catalogue of Müller machines yet produced and highly recommended for the toy collector.

Singer 20/20-10 Toy Sewing Machine Collector’s Guide

Author:

Jerry C. Fogltance

Publisher:

The author

Format:

Booklet. Colour illustrs.

Date:

2006.

Pages:

16

Examples and descriptions of all four handwheel models (from 1910 to the 1950s Sewhandy) - plus accessories, cases, instructions, needle packets, etc.

The Toy Machines of F.W. Müller

Author:

Peter Wilhelm

Publisher:

The author

Format:

Paperback B&W. German & English

Pages:

32

A well-produced and essential identification aid for collectors which traces the history of the Müller company through reprints of its catalogues. Contains many previously unidentified machines.

Toy and miniature sewing machines, book one. Bopok cover.

Toy and Miniature Sewing Machines - Book 1

Author:

Glenda Thomas

Publisher:

Collector Books

Format:

11” x 8 ½”.

Date:

1994

Pages:

253

ISBN:

0-891456228

Toy and miniature sewing machines, book two, Book cover.

Toy and Miniature Sewing Machines – Book 2

Author:

Glenda Thomas (P.O. Box 893, Electra, Texas 76360, USA)

Publisher:

Collector Books, Schroeder Publishing Co., Paducah, Kentucky

Format:

11” x 8 ½”. Colour.

Date:

1997

Pages:

304

ISBN:

0 891457887

No toy collection is complete without these two volumes which comprise an encyclopaedia of most of the toy machines available from c.1870 – 1980, although the emphasis is on later models. Each machine is illustrated in full colour from photographs supplied by collectors. The books contain price guides - unreliable, of course - and are often to be found in shops and antiques markets; from Collector Books, Amazon.com and the author.

Toy sewing machines a catalogue history, book cover

Toy Sewing Machines (A catalog history 1875-1965)

Author:

Ben Truwe

Publisher:

Tiny Tina Press, 240 South Grape St, Medford, Oregon 97501-3124

Format:

11” x 8½”, Paperback, B&W

Date:

2004 (U.S.A)

Pages:

45

ISBN:

0-9703448-6-4

A modest publication featuring hundreds of reprinted advertisements for toy sewing machines from the author’s extensive collection; advice on researching Toy S.M. history and a selection of children’s letters to Santa as a barometer of the products’ popularity. An intriguing piece of social history. Currently available.

Not reviewed but we know they're out there somewhere...

Title:

Collector's Guide to Toy Sewing Machines

Author:

Darryl E. Matter and Roxana Marie Matter

Publisher:

Sonoran Publishing. [email protected]

Format:

5 ½” x 8 ½”. Softcover.

Date:

1995, 1998

Pages:

44

ISBN:

0-926110-02-0


Title:

Bayerische Kindernähmaschinen

Author:

Manfred & Rita Koym

Publisher:

Published privately. In German

Date:

2003

Title:

Bavarian Toy Sewing Machines

Author:

Georg Reinfelder

Publisher:

Privately published

Date:

1998

Title:

Kindernähmaschinen der Firma Carl Sieper, Gevelsberg. Vols 1 & 2

Author:

Otto Landgraf

Publisher:

Privately published. In German

Date:

2000

Title:

Müller's Kinder-Nähmaschinen

Author:

Otto Landgraf

Publisher:

Privately published. In German

Date:

2000