Lehmann EPL 685, lithographed tin dancing figure on tin dance floor base, clockwork, with original box.
Toys reflect the society of their time. They can also record the prejudices of their times. Stereotyped black dancers remind us that racial prejudice was far more blatant in the early 20th century. No Lehmann toy was as widely copied by other toy makers as the tap dancing “Oh My” EPL 685. The figure stands on a box which contains the drive and the mechanism.
Marks: The box on which the figure stands has the legend: OH
MY ALABAMA COON JIGGER 685 MARKE LEHMANN
Production date: around 1912
Condition - The toy is in excellent condition and in working
order, the box has tears at the box flap.
Dimensions: Length 14 cm
Height 25 cm
References: Lehmann Toys. The History of E. P. Lehmann 1881-1981 Jurgen & Marianne Cieslik
Art of the Tin Toy, David Pressland
The Golden Age of Toys, Jac Remise