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The glorious world of Galt toys

Are you familiar with Galt Toys?

I admit I wasn’t, although the British company has been around for more than 175 years—started by James Galt, an educational stockist in Manchester in 1836.  It is still a company dedicated to creating beautiful and educational toys  with a healthy dash of fun, but something magical happened in the late sixties/early seventies.  The Galt toy-makers took the colorful design trends  of that time and infused that excitement into their toys.

I think the company’s puzzles are simply stunning.



And these mix and match cards are so pretty I kinda want to put them on the wall instead of just keeping them in the box.




Speaking of that idea, the brilliant Ms. Jane Foster came up with this wonderful idea to use some vintage Galt cards for a striking accent and hook accent in her lovely home.

I know. Just amazing.  Galt toys even have cool advertising! Wow!

Are you familiar with Galt toys?


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  1. Alix says

    oh wow i LOVE these!!! They look totally familiar but I didn’t know the name at all. Whoo hoo! Love learning new things!

  2. Stephanie says

    Ooh, I love it. Also, I had no idea that’s where I was supposed to store my iron. 🙂

  3. Ceri says

    As a Brit (of a certain age) I was brought up on Galt toys. At university in the 80s/90s, studying graphics, one of my professors was Ken Garland who was a designer for Galt in the 60s and 70s. He was quite an inspiration.

    • Alix says

      wow how amazing!!! thanks so much for sharing Ceri!

    • Dottie says

      Ceri–this is brilliant–just the link I was looking for but couldn’t find. And i think you and I are of the same “certain age” –I would have loved to study under such an amazing professor.

  4. jenny says

    now see, these are the kind of things i am so weak in the knees for… have no need, no use for but if i came across those absolutely FABULOUS puzzles? yeah. add to cart.

  5. danielle thompson says

    how cool! never heard of this designer. thanks for sharing!

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