Vintage Swiss Pull Toys by Antonio Vitali

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Quin­tes­sen­tia has a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of vin­tage toys by Swiss toy designer Anto­nio Vitali. His carved wooden toys often only sug­gested shapes and left the exact defin­ing up to the chil­dren. Achiev­ing inter­na­tional fame after part­ner­ing with Cre­ative Play­things in 1954, adults often found his toys not real­is­tic enough while chil­dren were fas­ci­nated by them–his abstract fig­ures chal­lenged children’s imagination.

“Good edu­ca­tional toys stim­u­late the child towards cre­ative play. In play, the child immerses itself in a dream-world cre­ated by its own fan­tasy. In play, the child makes its expe­ri­ences and stim­u­lates it thoughts, desires, delights, and dis­likes. There are two types of think­ing: the cre­ative imag­i­nary and the observ­ing log­i­cal. Both are stim­u­lated in child’s play. Good toys have to con­tain the pos­si­bil­ity for the child to develop emo­tion­ally and intel­lec­tu­ally.” ~Anto­nio Vitali

  • suprlipopette

    So lovely !

  • Ari­ana

    Hello::My grand­fa­ther was Frank Caplan, the founder of Cre­ative Play­things. How lovely to see these famil­iar Vitali toys on your lovely site! Thank you for shar­ing them. I am so glad I found you here! Cheers!

  • hand­made charlotte

    Wow–I’d love to hear more about that! I’m amazed by how much he was able to accom­plish. Love your blog, by the way!

  • Wooden Toys

    I have come across this with my own kids. I don’t think a toy is “real­is­tic” or tech­ni­cally accu­rate, but my kids love it.

  • Jen­nie Brown

    I have found what I believe to be an orig­i­nal Anto­nio Vitali wooden toy car.  It is in fair con­di­tion with obvi­ous usage by the wrong peo­ple.  I am inter­ested in sell­ing it or hav­ing it cleaned up a bit.  I saw one go for over $400 on Ebay.  Please con­tact me at: to dis­cuss it with me.

  • hen­rique

    Hello j have in my own­er­ship of the puz­zles vitali toys nine in pack­ag­ing d orige I would want to know this he(it) are rare and one til of val­ues in l attene to read to you sin­sere greet­ings mail