Collecting: Vintage Toy Whistles

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I’ve been collecting toy whistles for a long time. They are so tiny! The Yellow Cab is only a couple of centimetres wide. Love it!

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It’s the lithographic printing that first attracted my eye, but it’s the cheap quality of these novelty candy prizes that really draws me to them.

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Toy whistles remind me of my grandparents house, I think I must have found a few of these in my father’s belongings when I was a kid.

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Not a whistle, but a harmonica, made of very thin bakelite! Love those colours.

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They were probably cereal premiums or candy box prizes.

Larger copies of these photos and more of the collection can be viewed in my Pinterest Collecting folder.

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About Ian Phillips Illustration

I am an illustrator and book designer. View all posts by Ian Phillips Illustration

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