Punch,  14 (1848), 76.

Old and New Toys



Essay, Drollery

Relevant illustrations:

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N, pseud.  [William Newman] *


Education, Amusement, Invention, Palaeontology, Steam-power, Gas Chemistry, Aeronautics, Electricity, Instruments, Human Development

    Argues that children's toys should be replaced by more scientific ones in order to reflect children's more sophisticated knowledge. Suggested toys include a megatherium rocking-horse, a 'monster steam-engine' (replacing the conventional rocking-horse), a gasometer (replacing the art of blowing soap bubbles), Nassau balloons, and electrical machines. Envisions that 'nurseries will be turned into miniature laboratories'. The illustrations depict the changes from the old to the suggested new toys.

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