For a child, the only thing worse than a broken bone is a seemingly interminable wait in an emergency room. A charity in the UK called Artfelt tries to brighten up these boring spaces and recently commissioned English photographer Andy Brown to shoot photos that could decorate the Accident & Emergency department in Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital.
Beyond shooting attractive images, Brown also wanted this series of pictures to present the vintage toys that were actually the best sellers for each decade, starting in the 1870s. He turned to Google to find sales vintage figures, but even the omniscient search engine had difficulty figuring out what the “Tickle Me Elmo” equivalent was at Selfridge’s Co. in 1912. The principled photographer turned then to Catherine Howell, a curator at the Victoria and Albert’s Museum of Childhood, who provided a list of vintage toys that were both popular and important historically in each time period.