La vie est belle!
Contact Bob Watrous at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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
Started by BellToyBoy. Last reply by BellToyBoy Feb 25, 2015.
Started by BellToyBoy Jul 3, 2012.
For this St. Paddy's day I'm posting several bell toys that are related to U.S. - Irish history. Not everything is politically correct by today's standards. These toys were made in the later half of the 1800s when two events were occurring simultaneously. One was the popularity of the traveling circuses. The second was a wave of immigrants from Europe prompted by desperate conditions there, and the availability of low priced steam boat transportation across the Atlantic to "the land of…Continue
Posted by BellToyBoy on March 16, 2018 at 5:00pm
The American Bell Association's New England Chapter will be having a meeting on April 28th in East Hampton Connecticut. Jay Hansen, East Hampton Town Historian, has invited me to give a presentation. I will present a history of East Hampton bell toys. Details to follow.
Posted by BellToyBoy on March 14, 2018 at 2:02pm
I just dropped off some bell toys at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J. They are having an exhibition of Toys from Dec. 14th, 2017 through March 4th, 2018. http://morrismuseum.org/ There are some toys from my collection, and many from others that will be shown.
Posted by BellToyBoy on December 7, 2017 at 5:16pm
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