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- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
I recently featured a thread on the familiar Battle of the Blue & Gray "play sets'' produced by the Louis Marx Company from the 1950's through the 1970's; these were their predecessors and date from the mid-1950's though they didn't appear in this exact form until a decade later in the mid-1960's as part of a much larger series featuring soldiers from many ages and nationalities. The Warriors Of The World each came wrapped in tissue paper in its own colorfully lithographed box, along with a "collectors' card" featuring a picture of the soldier on the front and a (usually) made-up "biography" on the back. These were sold in the "better" 5 & 10 or variety stores for twenty-five cents each!
Above, the set of seven Confederates along with a figure of Gen. Lee, not part of the Warriors but available in another iteration, a large box set containing all the figures plus Lee; below, the six Union soldiers plus Gen. Grant: