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Vintage 1950’s Russian USSR Soviet Union Detskiy Mir Sputnik Mechanical Space Tin Litho Windup Toy for Sale

$1,100.00

Vintage 1950’s Russian USSR Soviet Union Detskiy Mir Sputnik Mechanical Space Tin Litho Windup Toy for Sale

 

From the dawn of the space age, comes this very rare tin toy produced by Children’s World Department Store (Detskiy Mir) in the USSR in the late 1950’s to commemorate Sputnik. When wound, the toy makes tock-tock sound as the tiny Sputnik 2 capsule revolves around the globe. You’ll notice that the USSR is featured prominently on the globe’s face. You’ll also notice on the face of the toy it shows Sputnik 1 & 2. This piece is in excellent condition and all original. It is also in strong working condition. It comes with a wind-up key that we believe to be the original key that came with it. The stop and start switch also works. It is approximately 3” x 2 ¼” x 4 ½”, the Earth globe is approximately 1 ¼”. We couldn’t find much on this particular toy, so if anyone has any expert information on this we would appreciate hearing from you on this.

 

A little history on Children’s World Department Store (Detskiy Mir) from Wikipedia, “Detsky Mir first opened on June 6, 1957 in the center of Moscow at Lubyanka Square. The original store was built between 1953 and 1957, with design by architect Alexey Dushkin. After the original store opened, Bloomberg writes that ‘Detsky Mir became a household name, prompting the Soviet government to open a network of large stores by the same name.’ Detsky Mir became a chain of children’s retailers in Russia in the 2000s.”

 

“In 2005, the original Detsky Mir building received the status of cultural heritage at the regional level. The original Detsky Mir building was Russia’s largest toy shop from 1957 until 2008, when it was sold by Detsky Mir to VTB and was closed for restoration, with the cost of the restoration estimated at US $138 million. The building reopened on March 31, 2015 under the name Central Children’s Store on Lubyanka. The historical name still belonged to the owner of the building as the trade network ‘Children’s World.’”

 

“The Soviet announcement in the summer of 1957 of the frequencies on which their satellite would broadcast was largely ignored. Suddenly on October 4, the Soviets stunned the world when “Sputnik,” meaning literally “fellow traveler of earth,” rode into orbit on a ballistic missile.”

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Additional information

Weight 1.75 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 7 × 10 in