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.

Ertl Bucket of Animals. 1990.

Ertl Scale Carded Animals. 1990.

Ertl John Deere Waterloo Boy. 1990.

Ertl Farm Toys. Fordson Super Major Tractor. 1990.

Ertl Farm Toys. Massey-Harris ’44 Tractor. 1990

Ertl Farm. McCormick-Deering. 1990.

Ertl John Deere Model E Engine. 1990.

Ertl Ford TW15 Tractor. 1990.

Ertl Massey Ferguson 3070 Two Wheel Drive. 1990.

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Carrera – slot car racing since the 1960s

Carrera’s origins can be traced back to 1920 when Josef Neuhierl started manufacturing tin toys in the Franconian town of Fürth, Germany.
In 1963, Josef’s son Hermann Neuhierl launched the Carrera Universal system – the first electronic 1:32 scale Carrera racetrack. It was an instant success. In 1967 the larger scale Carrera 124 continued the success and led the way for the brand to gain further popularity throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. To date, the company continues to manufacturer innovative slot car racing sets, and is a recognised leading brand around the world.

TVTA is pleased to present selected scans from the Carrera 2001 catalogue, plus Carrera print adverts from the 1970s and 1980s.

Carrera cover 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

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1974 Planet of the Apes Board Game

Courtesy of fellow WP blogger TV SET GO the 1974 MB board game Planet of the Apes!

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TVTA Christmas selection box 2019

Wishing all our vintage mates love, light, peace and happiness for the holiday!

Wooof and I and the rest of The Vintage Toy Advertiser team are all set for Christmas! Picture the scene – the fire is lit and roaring; the gramophone is playing Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt; brightly wrapped presents sit under the tree; Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady is dressed as an angel and has made a giant Christmas pudding full of vintage toys and little capsules of Baileys Irish Cream; Allesandro the pigeon who lives on our roof has hired a Hollywood snow machine to gently drop snow flakes past our window; Wooof is dressed as Charles Dickens and is busy reading us gruesome and spine-tingling Christmas horror tales by the light of his Hello Kitty lantern; and me, I’m dressed as a Christmas candle burning at both ends. But don’t worry, vintage mates, everyone at TVTA will for sure get Christmas day off – I certainly don’t want the staff sending not one but two ghosts to haunt the bycrikeyallmighty out of me like they did last year! Lesson learned.

Happy holiday folks. Sincere thanks to everyone who’s joined in the fun with us this year. It’s been a blast!

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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GoBots, Robo Machines and Machine Men – Bandai’s family of transforming robots

Robo Machines. UK. 1983.

GoBots. Model kits by Monogram. US. 1985.

I name thee…

GoBots, Machine Men and Robo Machine(s) are some of the international names given to Japanese toy company Bandai’s transforming vehicle/robot toy line first sold in 1982.

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Heller – vintage model toys beautifully illustrated

Heller catalogue 1979 N° 607 La Sardane.

Welcome to a new entry for TVTA’s toy archive… Heller models.

I have to say it’s been raining here for three days + storms + flooding. I live near the sea, and at the moment I feel like I’m living in it. What better way to begin today’s post with some vintage marine images – courtesy of the 1979 Heller catalogue from France.

Heller catalogue 1979. N° 603 Le Capricorne par J Blanche.

Heller catalogue 1979 N° 604 Marie Jeanne par Roger Chapelet.


Heller is a French toy company founded in 1957 specialising in model yachts, military ships, cars and racing, aircraft, motorcycles, toy soldiers, and military vehicles. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of Heller’s models from the 1979 range as featured in its tri-language European catalogue. Also included are the full scans. The paintings are quite exceptional I think, with care taken not only in representing the intended model toy but the staged backgrounds too.

Artist Name Hunting

It took me a few good hours to research the French artists responsible for the catalogue images, and the ones I came up with are: Francis Bergèse, J. Blanche, Roger Chapelet, and Olivereau. It was worth the effort, as the images you see in this post are simply magnificent and deserve to be credited. Although plenty of original artwork was commissioned to sell toys during the later half of the 20th century, not much of it is credited. When you do find an artist’s signature on a catalogue page, advert, or toy box, it’s usually grainy and unreadable. So, trying to track down Heller’s 1979 catalogue signatures was a good challenge for me, and I’m pleased I managed to find the majority of them.

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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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Latest ads – simple toys, simple times

Les Poupées de Lisette. France. 1960.

Congost toys. Spain. 1977.

Primo washing powder toys. France. 1960.

Things were simpler back then. A more innocent time?

TVTA takes a quick peek at some 1940s – 1980s print adverts from Spain, Denmark, France, the US, and the UK, featuring simple toys and ideas.

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