I watched 'The Bidding Room' on television this afternoon. I have not had a brilliant day and have felt very tired. Apart from usually watching 'Escape to the Country' during my three o'clock siesta I hardly ever watch television during the day. But today I did my usual walk although I felt tired and it was something I should not have done. The last half of the walk is uphill and I had difficulty getting home. So after lunch I rested and watch The Bidding Room. On it were two Face Screens - not particularly valuable (£65) but very pretty and they brought back memories for me.
If you don't know what Face Screens are they look a bit like hand-held mirrors, made of papier mache with pretty handles. They were used in the pre central heating days to screen one's face from the heat of the open fire. (In Jane Austen's time)
They were beautifully decorated with scraps. I had completely forgotten scraps. Are you old enough to remember them? I have no idea when they went out of fashion but when I was a child in the thirties we used to save up our pocket money to buy books of scraps - small sticky backed pictures which you peeled off and then stuck in books you were making. I particularly remember buying scraps of wild flowers and birds and sticking them in special books. I haven't seen any for years and years.
In fact I don't think children have 'toys' like this any more - everything to 'play' with seems to be in one way or another related to the smart phone.
I tried to think of other toys I had but really I could only remember one or two. I did have a doll's pram and I did have a succession of bikes as I grew. I expect children still have pocket money (no doubt much more in proportion than we had when money was less plentiful). Maybe dolls' houses and toy trains were both still 'in fashion 'but I can't remember much else.
Can you recall any of your toys?