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Ken Garland creator of Galt Toys from the 1960’s.

March 4, 2011

Galt was founded over 150-years ago as a stockist of educational products and turned into what is now “Galt Toys

in 1961 with the aim of selling fun and creative toys that encouraged learning through play.

Ken Garland established Galt Toys and they also produce a range of products aimed at older children.

In particular, their “Horrible Science” kits have proved popular with children and parents alike.

Thanks to their strong educational content which is effortlessly combined with great play value.

With names like ‘Weird Worms’, ‘Snotty Slime Clock’ and ‘Blood, Bones and Body Bits’,

I can see why kids like them ! Thanks to Jane Foster, Eliza Boothy and Sharon Hall Shipp

amongst others, for some of the images used here. More about Ken Garland here.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally Barton permalink
    June 15, 2011 6:39 pm

    I bought one of the ‘shops’ jigsaws (above, the one with a yellow background & includes a little post box) at a car boot sale in Suffolk over 20 years ago. I’ve offered to sell it in aid of my 20 year old son’s ‘Ibiza fund’ – any idea what sort of sum I could expect?? My son used to play with it (to his credit, the post box bit never got lost) so it’s slightly ‘used’ in appearance but pretty good nevertheless. Also, does anyone know if this is one of Ken Garland’s own designs? It’s a nostalgic piece – so many shops like these have vanished from high streets; I don’t think a ‘Tesco’ jigsaw would have the same visual appeal.

    • June 16, 2011 8:29 am

      Hi Sally, sorry but I know very little about the value of these items, I wonder whether ebay may a good place to advertise , unless there are certain sites that would specialise in toys of this age ? Good luck with your efforts.

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