Toy planes, trains and automobiles delight children as well as the young at heart.
“I love the sense of nostalgia you get from these pieces,” says Edwards, who now has more than 300 tin trucks, buses, automobiles, trains and planes. “Sometimes I feel like I was born about 100 years too late, like maybe I should’ve lived in the 1940s,” he says of his fondness for the period. Many of the pieces in his collection are models of 1920s- to 1940s-era modes of transportation, which were recreated for the enjoyment of kids in the 1950s and 1960s. “Boys’ toys were often thrown around or set on fire,” laughs Edwards, “so it’s truly finite—there are only so many of them that survived.”
While the majority of the toys Edwards buys for his own school-age children are technology-based or more contemporary in form and function, he continues to grow the vintage collection. “It’s neat to see another generation truly enjoy and appreciate these toys,” he adds.
“Boys’ toys were often thrown around or set on fire, so it’s truly finite—there are only so many of them that survived.” —Bo Edwards