Paper Whistles, Paper toys, Cardboard whistles, Accordion whistles, Squeaking postcards, Bellow whistle, Lehmann Tut-Tut Tin car & More (At work, notes would be added)


  Victorian Cardboard whistle , Diecut mechanical bird whistle Penny Toy.
by RAPHAEL TUCK & Sons Ltd. printed in Germany.whistle museum.


Tuck was a famous maker  of Paper penny toys in the 1890's, located in London,
this one was printed for him in Germany.

Chic & Rabit squeaking, whistling novelty postcard. D.R.G.M . Germany 1930's.
German Novelty squeaking, whistling postcard were made up  to the 1960s.

The above is what I call Chameleon Paper tongue action whistle, many time refered to as a noise maker, It is a reed tin whistle with a paper tongue that is rolled and folds and when you blow it the paper tonggue opens like a Chameleon's tongue when it hunts.
Ussually these types which were popular for many years and still made as party toys are ovelooked by most collectors. If they had some, they might be able to afford the best hotel Punta Cana has to offer or another Dominican Republic hotel.
The above  is the front and the back  of  a 1920's German made sample. It's very rare.

This Paper Mache Moon face is a penny toy with wood mouthpiece hosting a brass reed toy whistle, Noise maker, the thread is pulled to get it's mouth open, I had seen very few variations, it is a very delicate toy and a wonder how they survived thru all these years.c. 1900 -1910's Germany.

Japan late 1930's 
                            France, Advertising Menier Choclat.

Rare Candy container. wood card board and Paper mache ; stamped Germany on bottumn ,Used in the U.S.A 1920's 30's.

German Paper Mache 4 by 8 inch. 1920's 30's.
Whistle wheel for Firworks


The Canary Bird, that was a popular novelty paper horn, reed whistle came in 4 sizes.


Japanese bird bellow operated, paper accordion squeaking 1940s.

Chirping penny toy bird with a with friction whistling mechanism made of wood, aluminum, thread and paper, a tricky toy made of 4 different materialsof the 1920s. Germany. very rare.
wood paper and tin Advertisng  premium for shoes it does have a bellow accordion whistle.when one waves it back and forth it makes a whistle sound.
These wonderful babes were suppose to make man whistle in the 1950's
These are called squeaking postcards, the backside shows the mechanism,made of tin.

Squeaking novelty postcards, USA1950's.

see "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" every week on CBS - TV

Sgt. Preston T.V. Show adv. (1955) on a heavy paper whistle that is made in a simmilar way to Gilbert's novelty package, USA patent # 1,860,710 of 1931 .
The next one is an advertistment whistle from Italy 1950's I believe.
with same diecut.


Paper whistles are a fascinating subject,
different diecuts tricks designs and patterns can be made and are wonderfull for kid's workshops. Lots of Fun and noise
These can be painted and drawn and some patterns are easy to cut.
I will bring few samples in the future in another entry, shall you decide to do some .
Scroll down to see video of how to make a paper flute whistle.

Closer view of the accordion type mechanism of the next animals cardboard squeakers, noise-makers and whistles. Made in occupied Japan.

Occupied Japan bellow, paper accordion cardboard whistle  series, This is the lion Duck & elephant, but there are at least ten more different animals in the series. there is also a pre-war japan series of this type.

Here are some older types obviously influenced by German graphic style and themes in the 1920's 30's , earlier ones as tsome of these are marked Nippon not Japan.

CARDBOARD WHISTLES  are a wide theme within itself, collected by very few but it certainly mirrors well  some aspects of daily life in America between 1910 to 1940's.

At 1909 Frank G. Fawkes of Chicago patented a COMBINATION ADVERTISING NOVELTY AND TOY Pat. # 918,835 which was applied for a year earlier .
This one is one of his early whistles, Made by F.G. Fawkes & Co.  Chicago.
It opens like a book as most card board whistles
I will devote a long chapter or few to these soon. 3 Pictures of the same whistle  'cover' and inside . The actual whistle is made of a small paper strip that serves as a reed and with little practice one can get a large variety of notes and sounds.



Later ISIDOK HEIDENREICH  registered the "Advertising Novelty"  Patent of 1917  # 1, 235, 799 .
 see other articles here about card board whistles .

The'Tut Tut' tin toy car
   with a paper whistle
 is a wind up car, probably the most well known toy made by E.P. Lehmann founded in 1881 in Brandenburg,  Germany.
Pat. USA May 12 , 1903 , His toys  are brightly coloured and made of thin Tin. The whistle is located underneath the car and is actually a paper bellow,  paper accordion  whistle operated mechanically. Highly sought after by toy collectors.

First patented in Germany it was also registered as patent in The U.S.A. , England, and france.

Earlier Paper Premium whistles, Angelus,etc...To be cont

                                                   Late 1940's

Prolific Cracker Jack prize designer, C. Carey Cloud, developed hundreds of prizes for Cracker Jack
 from the 1930s through the 1960s. Known as "year-round Santa Claus", it is estimated that he created, produced, and delivered to the Cracker Jack Company 700 million toys.

 1 1/4" x 1 15/16" paper whistles were created by C. Carey Cloud .
The Cracker Jack Company ordered these embossed paper whistles from Cloudcrest in 1948 and again in 1949. All are red and off-white.
There are few very rare variations  excluding the 10 in the series, 
some of these are very rare ( The wolf for example)

Because it is a popular collectible I should propably devote an in depth look into these in the future.
Cloud wrote about the difficulty in perfecting these paper whistles in his autobiography, "Cloud Nine", pp. 52, 55:

Once I designed a paper fluted whistle. They said it couldn't be done. I had to find the right weight and quality of paper that would stand sharp embossing. This accomplished, we went into production of several million. However, we found that about every twentieth whistle failed to sound. They had to be one hundred percent whistle-able. Furstrating as it was, we made new dies, and still some failures occurred. I recalled what Harrison McDonald had told me in my growing days: 'Go where the knowledge is.' I went to the Hammond Organ Company, in Chicago, taking along a handful of whistles. I asked to see their engineer and was ushered into his office; I told him my problem. He patiently took several whistles apart. Then he told me what the problem was, as simple as it was. We made the correction and had no further trouble.

The 10 whistles in the series are illustrated and show 
a  boat,
a cat,
a clown,
a monkey ,
a train
a long-necked crane,
a Scottie dog,
an open-palmed hand
a wolf
an owl
Indian totem poll

The wolf is the rarest one of these whistles. (not seen here)

How to make a Paper Flute Whistle , a speedy version.


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  • 3/16/2010 3:09 PM Kids Toys wrote:
    These paper whistles are so interesting! I really like the Victorian ones. It amazes me the amount of ingenuity people had back in the 19th century. I'm sure they made the joy of many Victorian kids! I really like the attention to detail in these toys. It's really good craftsmanship. Thanks for this great post!
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  • 7/26/2010 10:56 AM Abacus India wrote:
    Fascinating read. Very interesting! This one is really an attractive piece……..worth to be chosen for the hot content list………………keep it up……
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  • 12/24/2010 1:07 AM Gad wrote:
    A very nice and interesting site with enormous amount of information, and a beautiful collection.

    Thanks for publishing it.

    If I may, I have a few comments.
    - I suggest to add a visitors book.
    - I have seen in the last few months some comments that called for replies. Anybody is taking care to do it?
    - for the sake of transparency, I suggest to publish the amount of donations (no names).
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  • 12/27/2010 11:53 PM WHISTLE MUSEUM wrote:
    Hello Dear Visitor,
    Thanks for complements, it is  encouraging,
    A Guest book is a great idea, I will ask for advice how to make one,
    There were many comments I did publish , many I had answered privately and did not bother to publish
    also I must confess quite a few I had no time to answer.
    wish I had more time for this hobby and 'proffesion' I should recheck and answer in the future.
    It has been a while that I found no time to research take pictures and write.
    The website became very popular with last week 1800 visitors at one special  day, which was unussual , ussualy it is 350 to 550 visits a day.
    Dew to the amount of visitors I had to pay for bandwdth monthly and added the donate box in october or november
    for transparncy sake I have to mention that there were no donations at all !!!!!!!!
    not even 1 buck !!!
    (By the way can't help saying some answers I gave were worth few hundred $ to the whistle owners.) 
    So  I will propably  start putting advertisments or google adds in the future. tho I would prefer not to/
    Anyway donations are welcome , and I will gladly publish it once I recieve one.
    Thanks again for remarks and happy Xmas & new year.
    Avner Strauss

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  • 3/28/2011 7:11 PM rsmolders wrote:
    Why nobody responds to Comments?
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  • 4/2/2011 2:52 PM WHISTLE MUSEUM wrote:
    Yes sir , what was the comment please ? Regards Avner
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  • 5/5/2011 12:00 PM Karah wrote:
    What a joy to find such clear thninkig. Thanks for posting!
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  • 6/28/2011 7:16 PM Gad wrote:
    Me again,
    Sorry for being 6 months late.
    I've checked for reply on my previous comment sometime in January and somehow did not notice the detailed reply.
    I want to donate. How?
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    It was a beneficial workout for me to go through your webpage. It definitely stretches the limits with the mind when you go through very good info and make an effort to interpret it properly.
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  • 4/3/2012 2:53 PM essay writing service wrote:
    I like it very much because it has very helpful articles of various topics like different culture and the latest news. I am a googler and search on many topics.
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  • 6/21/2012 10:05 AM Bob Burgess wrote:
    Raphael Tuck has a card factory the old Silk Works in Warminster (Wiltshire) - my hometown -they were still printing cards there in the 1970's...
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  • 10/29/2012 1:11 PM Omni Tech Support wrote:
    I still remember my child hood days when i used to play with things like these. They always used to get my gang happy... We would take up turns to play with this. I don't think my child has even touched things like these, he doesn't know what he is missing. he is stuck in the world of electronic gadgets. Hope he plays with things like these.
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  • 1/2/2013 5:12 PM Karen Briggs wrote:
    I am trying to find a value on a child's paper accordion made in Germany. It is made out of cardboard and paper and has metal handles on the end. thanks!
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