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one of the official national treasures stored at the New York Public Library is this flag.  Made for Jack London (yep, Call of the Wild, and San Francisco street gang tough Jack)  by an unknown Korean tailor and displayed by him as he covered the Russo-Japanese war as correspondent in 1909.

 

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Miller was a dimestore fixture of the 40s and 50s, producing "chalkware" ie plaster decoratives and painted figures.  some great toy soldiers of the Korean era come from Miller...but these are delightfully frightful hallowe'en goodies.

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Mounting cavalry on rolling platforms was a toy soldier innovation that appears in the early 19th century in response to the fame of Napoleon's dashing cavalry under such leaders as Marat, Lesseps, and especially Davout...  It's a distinctive trait of the Mainland European cavalry figure that never really  caught on in England or, by extension, with American manufacturers...possibly because the extra parts for the platform and wheels added cost.  It was seen in America frequently enough, however,  by way of the large late 19th Century Christmas Toy importing phenomena where large shipments

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with this Barzo Fort, similar to Ticonderoga and suitable for anything from Pirates to the war of 1812...or even the Civil War in some places...

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I've done some revising to my Custom tinplate style printable papertoy depot for the Hidebehind Creek and Muskturtle Bend Railroad... 

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so, a goofy idea POP'd into my head today; if you had clear resin and some Old Marx tank cars and a few safari Toob figures you could make a riff on Mommy Fortunas Circus from "The Last Unicorn" in O gauge...  I'd just replace the tin cylinders of the tank cars with clear plastic ones and colored resin "water".  maybe a few aquarium oddnobs like tiny sea stars, sand and glitter...  and of course you need to find some figures for Mommy fortuna

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P. Duff and Sons holds the title of "inventor of the cake mix".  right around the begining of the Great Depression, Mr. Duff's company found itself with a large molassess surplus.  He hit on the idea of dehydrating it and using it to create a "just add water" gingerbread mix.  and thus was invented the instant cake mix.  Cake mixes were more popular with Government Agencies (I.e.

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here is a beautiful set of tin flat figures from Germany.  These civilians may be intended to represent a "holiday" melieux, or maybe a fairytale, or Hoffman tale...hard to be sure, they are also very likely to have been included or used with early Karl Bub type O gauge windup train sets.  It was a popular way to populate tabletop railroads in the era after our Civil War and before the 1st world war.

Of course, this grouping is lovely in it's own right, with the winter sleigh, the castle, and the stylish tourists...

 

 

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Polybius, Histories 5.59.2

“…because of the style of his life and his treason against his country I believe he is worthy of the greatest punishment.”

….κατά γε τὴν τοῦ βίου προαίρεσιν καὶ τὴν εἰς πατρίδα παρανομίαν τῆς μεγίστης ἄξιον κρίνω τιμωρίας