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Contact Bob Watrous at email@example.com with any questions.
A Bevin web site to help Bevin keep the bell making in Belltown:
Old Wood Toys has guides and a search feature to help with toy identification:
I'm a member of the American Bell Association:
I'm a member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America:
The Connecticut Historical Society Library holds many records of interest to bell and bell toy collectors:
The Chatham Historical Society has a large collection of bell toys as well as many bell related exhibits: Chatham Historical Society East Hampton CT
Volunteers at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation have been working to archive the large collection of documents spanning over 100 years of toy drum making history. NCCHP
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Ning.com just announced a substantial rate hike effective October 1, 2016. Due to this change we will be looking for a new home for this Watrous Bell Toys site. Hopefully we will be able to migrate the content from this site to the new one.
Life is good,
Many of you in the rings that revolve around the antique toy world probably know of Noble & Cooley for their toy drums. Those that revolve around the Civil War history world know of their drums that kept the beat at so many bloody battles. Others in the rings revolving around the music world know of them for the custom drums they are still making today, some 150 years after they started making drums. For me I know of them for a little side line they made for a short while, chime…Continue
Posted by BellToyBoy on March 1, 2016 at 3:00pm
A recent article in the American Bell Association's Bell Tower by Rob Roy, titled "Donkey Mechanical Tap Bell - Original or Reproduction?" gave a great description of the differences between the original and the reproduction. I've seen a few of both. I have never seen one with the owl. I have a reproduction, but have yet to add an original to my collection. I don't collect tap bells. I collect bell toys, so why would I be interested in this tap bell? It's because it was made by Gong Bell…Continue
More than a few friends have been helping me find pieces to my bell toy history puzzle. Just recently I've received pieces from Dean Markham, Jay Hansen, Elaine Brophy, Barbara Sargent, Richard Mueller, and a librarian as yet unidentified at The East Hampton Public Library.
Jay Hansen sent me a newspaper article about Joel Perkins, a bell toy designer at Gong Bell. that…Continue
Posted by BellToyBoy on February 16, 2015 at 11:30am