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Toys from the past

Published on November 28th, 2017

As the Christmas season approaches, children make their present lists to send to Santa in hopes of receiving the toys of their dreams in the intriguing parcels piled up beneath the Christmas tree. In this feature we present a selection of nostalgic images from The Francis Frith Collection showing children from yesteryear with hoops, dolls, prams, tricycles. kites and model yachts – cherished playthings of the past.

Photo: Ventnor, The Children's Corner 1913.

Photo: Oxford, Summerton Infant's School Children 1924.

Photo: Aldeburgh, Children's Boating Pool c.1960.

Photo: Bexhill, Girl With Toy Hoop 1904.

Photo: Shanklin, The Entrance To The Chine 1913.

Photo: Bexhill, The Beach 1910.

Photo: Redhill, Common 1910.

Photo: Okehampton, Lovers' Meet 1906.

Photo: Chelmsford, Mother And Daughter 1919.

Photo: Arundel, Mother And Daughter 1906.

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