Fernand Martin was a French tin toy manufacturer who produced a variety of mechanical toys in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Paris in 1847 and began working as a toymaker in the 1870s, founding his own factory in 1880.
Martin's toys were known for their high quality, intricate details, and mechanical movements. Many of his designs were inspired by everyday activities, such as cooking, washing, and playing sports. Martin's toys were often designed to move and perform actions, such as a chef stirring a pot or a washerwoman scrubbing clothes.
His toys became very popular in France and throughout Europe, and he established his own toy factory in Paris in the 1890s. He produced a wide variety of toys, including cars, boats, trains, and even an early version of a robotic dog. Martin's toys were particularly popular with children, and they more...
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