Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Ježíšek brought to us


I ordered this from Mieke Willems for my son. As I expected, he didn't care much when he opened the present but I was surprised to find on the box a little writing on bottom right: Made in Czechoslovakia. It traveled all the way to Belgium so that I could have it back here in Prague. But I think it went there at least twenty years ago, not only design of the box says so (I thought it was retro, I admit) also little investigation revealed that it went out through Pragoexport, the monopoly for exporting toys abroad from THAT time.

I wonder what the story is, the toys are new, where were they hanging out all that time? My husband said, of course they were made in Czechoslovakia, look at them! I am not sure what he meant.

But we are playing. I got my kid attracted by having the puppets drive his little cars that he also got, on his little car rug with streets and gasoline stations depicted on it. They drive wild, have accidents and pull their vehicles to garages. They also go to Christmas islands where they dare to climb our Christmas tree. I get very tired as I happen to be back in my childish years (meant both ways). But my son doesn't. I have to go now, need to go play.

8 comments:

victoria said...

I know the feeling, my son got a train set for christmas and its been non-stop railroad adventures all day long... :) Its nice to see they actually play with the presents they get.

la casita said...

those are lovely.I understand... my daughter now want to play with the dolls house she had for xmas, all the time...
thank you for the visit :)

Francesca said...

I once bought a hour glass made out of a wooden spool in an "ethnic" shop in the US. Years later, I looked at it more carefully, and noticed that the wooden spool was Italian! Happy New Year, Magda!

Ritva said...

happy new year!!

Bichos da Matos said...

Lovely puppets, and they came a long way;)Happy 2010!

mieke willems said...

hi! thanks for this! and yes, they are czechoslovacian, they still make them even. but not in these boxes anymore. they are old stock which we found in america, so they went from czechoslovacia to america than to belgium and than to you!!
happy new year!

andrea tachezy said...

Jééé, já je pamatuju! Říkala jsem si , kde jste je objevili a pobavilo mě,když jsem to zjistila!

plch said...

I had them as a child (definitely more than 20 years ago, more like 30) this exact same set and a family set with mom, dad, child and grandparents... I loved them and I think I still have them somewhere at home. I remember they were made in Czechoslovakia like my beloved magnetic teather (X-mas 1974). I have seen the magnetic teather still on sale on Havelsky trh but not these.. did some Belgian guy buy all of them before 1990?
plch, Italian living in Praha