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Toy airplane
Wooden toy airplane.

Toy airplane
Metal toy airplane with two propellers. A third prop, on one of the wing engines is missing. There are decals on the wings. On the left wing it says: "F ­ A". On the right wing it says: "D B F". On the underside of the wings is cast lettering. On the Right wing it says "DINKY TOYS" "DEWOITINE 338". On left wing it says: "MECCANO" "FAB. EN FRANCE".

Toy airplane
Metal toy airplane with French insignia. There are raised letters under the wings that say: "DINKY TOYS, AM109 570?" and "MECCANO, Fabr en France."

    Toy cars
7144-101, 102, 103
Spring powered toy made of sheet metal with door and hood lines traced in white. Windows are empty spaces. Four rubber tires with red metal wheels and shaped silver colored hubcaps. These cars still have their original cardboard boxes and direction sheets and windup keys. Markings: "RENAULT", decal on rear engine bonnet. Decal with number "4" on right rear fender. "Made in France" stamped on underside. License plate no. "7718-RO" decal, on rear bumper.


Other Toys

Toy house
Wooden toy house with door and windows made of pencil-lined paper. As was customary with French vacation homes a sign hangs over the door that gives the name of the house: "Mon Nid" [My Nest].
Inscribed on the bottom in ink are the phrases:
"St. Nazaire", "Nous rebatirons une Cite Fraternelle" [We will rebuild a brotherly city]. "En remerciant a nos petits amis d'Amerique" [In thanks to our little friends of America]. In addition, on the bottom is a name and address:
"Christian Lambert-17 Rue Gauloise.-St. Nazaire-. "Ecole St. Joseph, Rue du Maine, St. NAZAIRE"

Toy table
Square-topped toy table. On the paper tag written in ink it says:
"Ecole Lacordaire ­ 6 rue de l'Eglise, Joinville-le-Pont (Seine)-Banlieue de Paris"

"Chere petite amie,
En remerciement pour les objets que vous nous avez envoyés. Nous vous adressons ces cadeaux qui nous esperons vous feront plaisir. Nous aurions bien voulu faire votre connaissance ainsi que celle de votre beau pays. Nous vous envoyons nos meilleures amitiés.
De la part d'une petite Française, Jacqueline Frot"

[Dear little friend,
In thanking you for the things that you have sent us, we are sending you these gifts that we hope you will like. We would have liked to get to know you as well as your beautiful country.
From a little French girl, Jacqueline Frot]

 Miniature town 7144-38
Miniature town on a printed sheet with wooden pieces that represent buildings and vehicles. Some of the buildings have ink stamped windows and doors.

Toy Soldier
Miniature toy soldier marching with a rifle. The silver paint is worn off and he has a painted pink face and a green base.

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