Toys of Early New Zealand by Peggy Armstrong & Denise Jackson

Kiwi Best Buy


Used Very Good, a small piece of tape reinforcing top of spine, price is written on the first page in pencil

Trade Paperback (large)
Dimensions: 215 x 286 x 9mm
Publication Date: 1990, colour and b/w photographs, drawings.

In an increasingly electronic age, where so much of the children's time can be spent in front of a television or computer screen, the playthings of earlier generations evoke a special charm and nostalgia. The children of colonial New Zealand brought toys with them on the long sea voyage from Britain and throughout the 19th century a variety of playthings were both imported from Europe and the United States or made her.

In this charmingly illustrated book sisters Peggy Armstrong and Denise Jackson take a loving and knowledgeable look at the toys and pastimes of colonial New Zealand children, Maori and Pakeha. Dolls, of course, are a highlight, but there is a host of other fascinating playthings such as kites, doll's houses, children's furniture, teddy bears, mechanical and musical toys, rocking horses and toy soldiers. Collectors will be especially interested, but this delightful volume will appeal to everyone with an interest in New Zealand's past.