Watrous Bell Toys

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Contact Bob Watrous at watrousr@centurylink.net with any questions.

Other Bell Toy and antique bell Sites

Old Wood Toys has guides and a search feature to help with toy identification:

Old Wood Toys

I'm a member of the American Bell Association:

American Bell Association International, Inc.

I'm a member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America:

Antique Toy Collectors of America

The Connecticut Historical Society Library holds many records of interest to bell and bell toy collectors:

Connecticut Historical Society

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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Paul Cole

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.See More
Jul 6
BellToyBoy replied to BellToyBoy's discussion July 4th patriotic bell toys
"Here are a few more patriotic bell toy images. The Rocking Eagle is in my collection. The Starr Bros and Wm Barton toys are in the collection of Paul Cole."
Jul 4
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July 4th patriotic bell toys

For the 4th of July, here's some patriotic bell toy history. Mass production of bell toys started just after the end of the Civil War and before the U. S. Centennial. The gruesome Civil War had drained the spirit of Americans. Centennial celebrations created a cause to rally the spirits of citizens around. During the Civil War great strides in mass production advanced the factories of the north. The Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia was the place to have your products seen. Numerous toy and…See More
Jul 4
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A new member to Bell Toys spammed at least one member in our group. If you get anything from a Dr. Ronald Morris I suggest you delete it. May Mr. Morris get dumped on in the afterlife by Morris the cat.See More
Jul 9, 2019
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"See the Forum section for the supplement to the ABA's The Bell Tower article I wrote on Hoop Bell Toys, Hoop Chime Toys & Hooples."
Jul 8, 2019

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Paul Cole

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

spam alert

A new member to Bell Toys spammed at least one member in our group. If you get anything from a Dr. Ronald Morris I suggest you delete it. May Mr. Morris get dumped on in the afterlife by Morris the cat.

Posted by BellToyBoy on July 9, 2019 at 10:57am

St. Paddy's Day bell toys

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…

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Posted by BellToyBoy on March 16, 2018 at 5:00pm

American Bell Association New England Chapter meeting

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

Toys at Morris Museum Dec 14th 2017 to March 4th 2018

  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

 
 
 

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