Marx's Toy Washing Tub, early 1950s

Cheap toys from the 1950s and 60s were generally made of injected Polystyrene plastic, a cheap material ideal for mass production that reached the markets in huge volumes after WWII. This brittle plastic made toys short-lived and it is great to find some in great shape like this washing tub. This American design was made by the Brazilian branch of the famous Louis Marx and Co. and came complete with a carousel-like clothes line (not shown here) in it's original box (see below), where we can read it was considered "an ideal instructive toy for girls". It brings the proud MARX logo, what makes it ideal for puns involving young proletarians.

The tub is 17 cm in diameter.

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Taken on July 5, 2009