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Vintage 1950's tin toy of the acrobat clown, "Toe Joe". This toy was manufactured by the toy maker, Ohio Art. Ohio Art was and is known for their tin toys.

The tin litho portion of this toy is in excellent condition with bright colors and very minor wear. There are a couple scuffs around the sides of base and 2 spots of discoloration on top of base. The clown is in good condition with some minor soiling on his shirt and back of his head. The clown still has some of his hair (so many of these toys lose their hair over the years), and the clowns clothes are bright and complete --- nothing is missing. The trapeze and base are tin, and the clown is hard rubber and cloth.

Press the lever down and the clown flips over the bar several times, as shown in photo 3. The toy still works but not efficiently as when new - sometimes, the gear grinds and sticks but not permanently.

Size is approximately 9-1/2" wide at base x 12" high to the top of the clowns hands and bar. The toy extends another 4" above the bar to make it 16" tall in entirety. The base measures 9-1/2" x 4-1/2"

This charming vintage toy would be a wonderful addition to any toy collection or would make a nice decoration for a child's room.

Vintage Tin Toy "Toe Joe" the Trapeze Circus Clown from Ohio Art Circa 1950's


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: tin, litho, cloth, plastic
  • Only ships within United States.
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