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 and unlike textbooks are safe from revisionist historians. 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.