|The Old-Timer Limousine made for Cragstan by|
Shioji. This 12" model features a detailed
interior and cloth convertible top.
Part 1 features the final version of the talk in written form, subsequent parts include galleries of the toys actually discussed.
Shioji & Co. Ltd.
Shioji, whose “SSS” fan-shaped logo is often seen on boxes, made a lot of toys for Cragstan. Cragstan was an importer who continued operation through the mid-1960’s The 12-inch “Old Timer Limousines” I have here were marked under the Cragstan brand but were made by Shioji. (click on images to enlarge)
|Another of the Old-Timer Limousines by Shioji. These cars had |
friction motors and with the exception of the tires and windshield,
made entirely with tinplate, hand-assembled.
|Another view of the Cragstan/Shioji convertible. The metal frame holding|
the cloth roof opens up. Note the steering wheel and gearshift.
|Modeled vaguely on a Model T, these toys shared many|
of the same parts.
|The Shioji "Old Smoky" fire engine. The hoses and nozzles on the |
side of the truck are embossed, providing extra detail.
|The Cragstan/Shioji pickup truck.|
The 1929 phaeton is another Shioji model. It was simple labeled an "Antique Car." There are several variations on this design. It can be found in both hard top and convertible models, in red, blue, or green.
|The Shioji "Antique Car." The windshield folds up and down.|
|Another view of the Shioji convertible. Note the detail on the |
dashboard and interior.
Part 1: The Golden Age of Japanese Tin Toy Vehicles 1949-1963
Part 2: Bandai
Part 3: Haji and Masudaya
Part 5: Line Mar and Marx
Part 6: Nomura and others (Marusan, Yonezawa, Alps, Ichico, ATC)