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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.

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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.

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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. http://www.kengarland.co.uk/KGA%20toys%20and%20games/galt%20toys/index.html

    • 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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