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there was celluloid . saw this up for auction and thought i would share . a wolf thats getting ready to eat a poor little piggy . now thats my kinda toy !


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holy poop, that is rad!

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Three little pigs analogy maybe?


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That's actually quite creepy - i think it's the blank look on the wolf's face....


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Some people here already knew about celluloid toys. I had heard about them but didn't really know what they were. And besides, in Mexico they're called sololoy (or sololoi) pure phonetic translation. Which made all very confusing. So I was walking around some antiques stores in Puebla (a nearby city) and found this amazing looking doll. SOme kind of cat I thought. Or a dog? Or phetus... or what? I still don't know what it is!! :lol: SO I bought it. It turned out it's made out of celluloid and ended up buying two more toys. There were a bunch of them but not really in good condition. These supposedly go back to the 1920s. I find them extremely interesting and beautiful. I hope to find more in the near future. Here's my pic.

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There's another thread for celluloid toys but didn't really have photos
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it looks like they're slow dancing

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The wolf and the little tiger are awesome. Just don't let them get close to an open flame!

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Yes, I read about this material being extra flammable. It actually feels like paper.

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Just saw recently on NHK a craftsman in Japan that is still making celluloid toys. Was pretty cool to see. Mostly dolls but cool nonetheless

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Yes, I read about this material being extra flammable. It actually feels like paper.


Ping pong balls are still made of celluloid, they burn like crazy !

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Really? They don't feel the same. Much harder and dense. Cool fact though.

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Axolotl wrote:
Yes, I read about this material being extra flammable. It actually feels like paper.


Ping pong balls are still made of celluloid, they burn like crazy !

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same reason old film stock was such a fire hazard (and partly to blame for so few original prints surviving), a la 'inglourious basterds'...

django reinhardt lost his fingers to a celluloid induced fire - his wife was making artificial flowers out of it in their gypsy wagon. which worked out fine, i suppose, since he became one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived because of that accident.

i digress...

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