I've always been attracted to these beautifully lithographed toys when I see them at flea markets. The Schucos from the 50s and 60s particular are pretty amazing! The varianto system was like a train set with cars. Check out the video of it in action.
Here are some really nice tin litho kitchen toys from the 50s and thereabouts. They look great hung on a wall or on a shelf next to your fabulous book collection. There are some awesome sets available on eBay and Etsy. I just broke down and bought the first one below. Sorry! Can't resist an orange kitchen.
I don't own one of these though I always wanted to. They tend to be on the pricey side... Not ony do I love scooters, but the lithography on these is especially beautiful. I love the outfits on the figures! To see more, visit scootervintagetoy.blogspot.com.
At various times in my life, I've become obsessed with collecting these gems from the early 20th century. Not only do they have wonderful and colorful lithography, but their actions can be quite clever.