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Unusual old tops from France
« on: February 12, 2017, 10:36:41 AM »

This postcard is from a school in Saint Brieuc in Brittany (France).



The tops remind me some gasings. I don't recall French peg tops like that.

Unfortunately, the date on the stamp cancellation is illegible, although it might say 06 or 08 for 1906/1908 (to me the kids are dressed like 1800's).

It is on ebay here: www.ebay.com/itm/232237474023
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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 11:33:30 AM »

amazing!!!

and heres what ur after mon ami  ;)





http://www.leblogantiquites.com/2011/01/toupie-anciens-jouets.html
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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 04:09:04 PM »

Good find Jack! The tops on the postcard could be the big all-wood on the photo.
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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 12:40:12 PM »

great find
especially ,considering that I have never heard of spintops in Brittany
the tops were mostly in the north of France and in the east where the wood toy industries used to be active(in the jura region)
about the clothes not 18th century ! early 20th more likely
école st charles refers to a catholic school , may be an orphanage, a boarding school for sure, you can see on the left a "curé"(a parish priest) with his "calotte" (small hat)..I 'm surprised at the wide variety of tops: one child seems to spin a small top on a plate (medium right)

i'llcall cyril to know more


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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 01:01:23 PM »

called cyril :he has one with a different stamp and address
he says that  he had never seen another one on sale before
(in many years)

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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 01:07:56 PM »

called cyril :he has one with a different stamp and address
he says that  he had never seen another one on sale before
(in many years)

jim
That is interesting. You would think that there would be many examples of any postcard still around.
Is the date legible on Cyril's postcard? 1908?
Except of the little top on the plate (I first thought he was just spinning a plate) the rest seem to be the same bulbous top.

PS: 1800's = 19th century  :D (I always thought they should have started counting from the zero's century to avoid this).
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Re: Unusual old tops from France
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2017, 12:46:02 AM »

I wish those days would come back. I would like to go to Bernalillo New Mexico. My younger Grandson  who is 16 lives there. I could teach them how to trick and fight and make spin tops.
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