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 Jul 8, 2019.
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Fellow bell toy collector Paul Cole passed away recently. He was gracious, allowing me to stay at his home several times, and letting me photograph his toys. He will be missed, even though he cost me a pretty penny, bidding aggressively against me for a Watrous bird bell toy. I'll still smile when I see that bird thinking of you, and Max Berry. Paul, say hi to Carol for me.
Posted by BellToyBoy on July 6, 2020 at 11:59am
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