Sunday, December 27, 2015

VIBRO ROLL B-17 Olive Drab HP

Here's an interesting little toy from the 1940s, the venerated B-17 Flying Fortress. The toy itself is rather a mystery and I couldn't find anything more specific than one photo in Bill Hanlon's book "PLASTIC TOYS Dimestore Dreams of the '40s & '50s' " which attributes a plane that looks just like this as being made by VIBRO ROLL Products, USA. The dimension for that plane are slightly different than this but the similarity is there. It measures 4 3/4" (12.06cm) L x 5 1/4" (13.33cm) wingspan x 1 1/2" (3.81cm) H and has no maker's mark on the plane.


  1. Lovely plane that Ed. and once again your ohotos are easily the best I ever see on any toy blog. I just don't know how you do it! Anyhoo, all the very best for the coming year to you, Bettina and your kin. Frohes Neues Jahr!

    1. Vielen Dank Woodsy!! Just like with old fashioned film cameras, the trick is in the editing except it's not done in a darkroom it's done on the computer. :-)
      Frohes Neues Jahr Mein Freund. Hope you and yours have a happy and prosperous New Year.

    2. I wonder, do you use a daylight lightbulb and a small photo tent to start with to create a white background before you edit the final shot Ed? Someone has recommended this way to me.

    3. Woodsy, one of these days (hopefully shortly) I'll do a post on how I do my photography. It's really nuthin' exotic but perhaps it'll help other folks with their efforts.