Antique Scientific Toys

Toys have always followed technological developments closely, allowing children to become familiar with the latest innovations. If today these innovations mainly concern the digital world, at the Belle Epoque, they concerned the world of applied physics with electrical experiments, optical toys, magnetic toys, factories and steam toys. There were also a few chemistry experiment toys.

Scientific toys are very present in the Etrennes catalogues of the Parisian department stores. The chronological vision of their development is a good witness of the technological evolution of the time.

Antique Optical Toys

Optical toys are numerous and varied. They have been grouped in two volumes. The first deals with projection optical toys. The second deals with other optical toys, vision, photographic and miscellaneous.

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