Friday, July 22, 2016

Vintage Films on the Making of Wm. Britains Ltd. Toy Soldiers

The following two videos are short subjects produced in 1949 and 1965 by British Pathe News about the production of vintage Wm. Britains Ltd. toy soldiers. The first being produced in 1946, was probably intended to promote international sales in a recovering post World War II British economy. The second film ironically was produced approximately two decades later, and one year before the cessation of all Britains Ltd. major metal toy soldier manufacture in 1966. This was as a direct result of public health laws enacted to protect children from potential poisoning from the lead alloys, bismuth, and lead content in paints (requirement <1.1%) used in their production. Limits having been established under the British Consumer Protection Act of 1961. In 1967 the Safety in Toys Act further restricted the sale of certain metal toys.

The third video is briefly about a distinguished gentleman by the name of William Y. Carman F.S.A., F.R. Hist. S.. He is a legend as a recognized authority on the History of the British Army. He served as the Deputy Director of the National Army Museum, served in the British Army during WWII,  and was a founding member, and the long termed Vice-Chairman of the British Model Soldier Society. He personally produced a range of historical figures in the 1930s and 1940s. His numerous definitive books on the uniforms of the British Army and the British Army in India are considered reference standards.

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