Latvian Boys' Clothes: Activities--Toys

Figure 1.--This cabinet card portrait was taken at the turn of the 20th century in Riga at the time part of the Tsarist Empire. We see a family with two young children. Notice the womdrful horse pull toy. The studio was something like J. Kobaaebckano. Put your cursor on the image for a better look at pull horse.

We do not yet have much information on the toys popular in Latvia. We do not have any information begore the 19th century. We note some toys used as props in photographic studios during the late-19th century. We note a graet horse pull toy at the turn of the 20th century in a Riga portrait. These pull toys, epecially horse pull toys, were popular toys for boys. We see them throuhout Europe during the 19th century. At the time Latvia was a part of the Tsarist empire, but German toys seem popular in Russia. And ethnic Germans were an important part of the population mix in Latvian cities. Latvians dominated the couuntry sude, but the cities were a mix of Germans, Jews, Latvians, and Russians. We believe that Latvian toys were essentially the same toys popular in Geramny which had a large toy industry. Note the teddy bears in the 1930s portrait here (figure 1). At the time, Latvia was an independent country. Teddies were a popular German toy and as we can see popular in Latvia.


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