Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile – The Yoku Tanaka Collection

August 17, 2009

I had the pleasure of checking out the Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of American Automobile exhibit at the Japan Society this past weekend. The exhibit was a celebration of Japan’s achievements in tin toy design in the first two decades following World War II. The detail and construction of these is amazing. Some of them even have working lights, doors, horns, and automatic retractable convertible tops. Below are some highlights from the exhibit. All images are from the Japan Society website.

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The Lincoln Futura concept car (This was the inspiration for the Batmobile)

The Lincoln Futura concept car (This was the inspiration for the Batmobile)

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This one had a working horn, lights, and retractable top!

This one had a working horn, lights, and retractable top!

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Ambassador Magma is driving this sweet 1962 Cadillac

Ambassador Magma is driving this sweet 1962 Cadillac

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