Note: the watermark in the lower right does not appear in the final print.
Take Me To Your Leader - Fine art photograph of a vintage toy robot by Edward M. Fielding - www.edwardfielding.com
This grungy, vintage look at an old tin toy windup robot outer spaceman alien straight out of a sci-fi movie wants to know where the leader.
This image had been carefully crafted to produce an almost 3D effect with layers of grime and grunge effects.
History of wind up toys:
In the late 15th century, Karel Grod, a German inventor, created some of the first wind-up toys, including a metal fly and a mechanical eagle. Also, in 1509, Leonardo da Vinci created a wind-up lion as a greeting for Louis XII in Italy. Wind-up toys were at first for only royalty, and were much more elaborate, with complex systems of gears and springs. In support of his theory that all animals are very complex machines, Ren� Descartes may have attempted to build some automata. According to legend, a life-sized wind-up human girl was discovered in his luggage aboard a ship in which he was travelling to Sweden, and was thrown overboard by order of the ship's Captain.
After the much larger, elaborate wind-up machine art declined in interest, wind-up toys were created very cheaply and in very large numbers by the 1800s. Wind-up machines then became known as wind-up toys, and were designed in all different forms to move around.
European toy makers created and mass produced the first tin windup toys during the late 1880s. Over the next 60 to 70 years, more manufacturers created ever more intricate designs. The trend stopped with the introduction of the small and inexpensive Alkaline battery in the 1960s which allowed motors to run without a wind up mechanism. Over the next 20 years, wind up toys lost popularity.
Plastic Wind-ups started in 1977 when the Japanese company Tomy made a walking Robot (Rascal Robot). Tomy's ability to build small precise plastic gears and parts allowed them to greatly reduce the size of the gearbox (housing the spring drive).
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January 10th, 2013
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