Toy Clockwork Train from Germany

Contributed by petercorkill

Toy Clockwork Train from Germany

This exquisite toy, an 0-gauge clockwork locomotive and its coaches, was built in the Bing Brothers' Toy Factory in Nurembourg ca 1922. Ignaz and Adolf Bing were Jewish and by 1900 their factory was the biggest toy factory in the world. The 1st WW and consequent trade levies on German goods caused the company to decline. Eventually the remaining Bings fled from the fachist regime to England. Stephan Bing was interned in the Isle of Man during the 2nd WW but went on to help start the English toy company Trix.
The strong personal link is that I inherited this from my beloved German father in law who had played with this toy as a boy, and I come from the Isle of Man where the Bing brother was interned.
The global links include: the plight of Jews in Germany (esp.Nuremberg), their importance to commerce as entrepreneurs, the growth of mass production in the C19th, the globalisation of toy manufacture (Bings made Teddy Bears for export to USA), the leading role of Europe in manufacturing industries.
Over a period of circa 50yrs Nurembourg went from being a city that allowed group of Jews to settle and prosper there to being a centre for anti-semitism.

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