Toys Will Be Toys, by Charlie FinchQuicklink submitted by GL Rowsey Permalink
|In 1945, Japanese toy designer Mat Kosuge picked a tin can off the streets of Kyoto and fashioned it into a model of a U.S. army jeep, with a rubber band for a motor. Soon, Kosuge received permission from U.S. authorities to manufacture toy cars for the U.S. market, as a means of converting Japanese wartime factories to civilian use. Until 1947, these cars were required to be stamped 'Made in Occupied Japan.'|
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