As a child of both the UK and the 1970s, I was heavily exposed during my younger years to the toys made by an English company called Britains, and in particular to the zoo and farm animals made by this company. We’ll call them Britains toys.Oh, nostalgia! I used to have a lot of these. The wild animals & the farm sets. My favourite was always the crocodile, with the opening jaw mechanism.
The local toyshop sold them, and when we went on holiday to Yorkshire, or Wales, or up to London Christmas shopping, it was always a good chance to maybe find one you didn't have. Pre-eBay days, of course!
Britains toys have some significant personal meaning to me: various of them (namely the 1965 African elephant and 1972 giraffe) are among the first toys I ever owned, I have fond memories of my dad bringing Britains toys home to me after his day at work, and I have tremendous nostalgia attached to the shops and – more specifically – the now long-gone glass-fronted display cabinets associated with the sale of these toys.I still see them occasionally at boot sales. And mine are upstairs in the loft, somewhere. Or in the garage, somewhere.