In the mid-1850s, tinsmiths applied their skills to the toy industry, creating durable, lightweight, mass--produced toys.
New Year's is an occasion to reminisce about years gone by. Jan. 1 was deemed the official beginning of the year when
England and its American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Ever since, family and friends have gathered for
food and drink, wished one another good luck and -- with every well-meaning intention -- made a bunch of resolutions.
By the 1920s, elaborately planned New Year's Eve balls were held. Partygoers wore their finest attire and hosts provided
guests with festive hats and noisemakers. We use the latter, according to lore, to keep away evil spirits to ensure a healthy
and prosperous year. From In with the old NEW YEAR'S EVE PARAPHERNALIA GRABS COLLECTORS' EYES By Steven Wayne Yvaska Mercury
Decorated wooden ratchet noisemakers were especially popular with party populations of the 1920s, by the 1930s these and
a wide selection of other noisemakers would generally be replaced with metal versions of brightly colored lithograph. Both
the J. Chein Company and the Kirchhof Company produced an extensive number of brightly colored metal noisemakers during the
1930s. Chein catalogs of that era featured everything from mallet rattles to tambourines. Likewise the Kirchhof Company a
full line of "Life of the Party" products which also included excellent tambourines as well as other assorted noisemakers.
From Happy New Year Collectibles by Robert Reed in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, January, 2005
Noisemakers manufactured out of lithographed sheet tin by firms like Kirchhof, Chien, U.S. Metal Toy Mfg., Marx and T.
Cohn are collectible. Made from the 1920s into the early '60s, most depict revelers whooping it up amid balloons, confetti
and serpentines. Rattles, horns, clickers and clackers, kazoos, clappers, whistles, buzzers, ratchets, tambourines, cowbells,
trumpets and squeakers were among the most popular. From In with the old NEW YEAR'S EVE PARAPHERNALIA GRABS COLLECTORS' EYES
By Steven Wayne Yvaska Mercury News 12/20/02