1971 die-cast models and art from Matchbox

Curious. Does anyone else think the mountain race track peak looks like Batman?

Art vs Photography and the two combined

I’ve mentioned before that some of my favourite toy advertising images come from the 1960s and 1970s. This is because many products back then were advertised using original art – often drawn by in-house company artists, rather than the product photography style which became popular in the years that followed. That’s not to say photograph adverts were employed pre-1980s, they were, but perhaps it was cheaper to produce ad materials with drawings rather than photos back then?

The following images from the 1971 Matchbox Collectors Catalogue illustrate perfectly, and with some charm, how products might capture the imagination of the buyer when rendered as art. As well, some images feature both art and photography. The ideal mix, perhaps.

Cover. Matchbox Collectors Catalogue. 1971. France.

Matchbox Speed kings. 1971.

Matchbox Autopark. 1971.



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Brumm’s classic race cars 1930s – 1960s

Brumm catalogue. 1983. Italy.

Brumm is an Italian toy manufacturer formed in the early 1970s. The company specialises in miniature plastic and die cast vehicles from a bygone age.

TVTA is pleased to present selected images and the full scans from the Brumm 1983 catalogue, featuring some wonderful artwork and photographs of models available at the time such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeo.

Team Brumm. Pit stop play set.

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Ertl farm, country, and construction toys

Ertl Hickory Grove Farm. 1990.

TVTA is pleased to present images from two 1990 Ertl export catalogues. Ertl, founded in America in 1945, specialises in die cast vehicles and is notable for its production of farm, country, and construction toys, featuring brands such as John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Caterpillar, and Case International.

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Ertl Farm Machinery. 1990.

Ertl Farm. 1990.

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Your carriage awaits – Brumm’s delightful miniatures from 1983

Following our recent post showing the 1980 catalogue for Italian model maker Brumm, TVTA is very pleased to present some more horse and carriage examples, this time from a 1983 catalogue. These die cast and plastic miniatures are simply delightful, and with an incredible amount of detail. Dear readers, your carriage awaits…

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Brumm – tiny toy wonders, 1980 Italian catalogue


Brumm is an Italian toy manufacturer formed in the early 1970s. The company specialises in miniature plastic and die cast vehicles from a bygone age, such as steam-powered transport, horse-drawn carriages, old fire engines, and vintage road and racing cars.

TVTA is pleased to present the full scans from an Italian catalogue featuring the Brumm range as it appeared in 1980. En plus… Look out for the 1983 Brumm catalogue coming to these pages soon!

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