Monday, August 22, 2016

Flea markets...

Tintin au marché aux puces, Moulinsart, 2011, China

Like our Belgian hero, I find a lot of toys on the flea market of Lisbon, so here is a little story behind it :

The Feira da Ladra, which literally translates into “Thieve’s Market” (in Portuguese “ladra” is a woman thief), is a local flea market that spans several streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district (Campo de Santa Clara). It is believed that this market has its roots in the Middle Ages (since the 12th century to be accurate), when traders used to go there to sell their products as well as stolen goods (as the name suggests). Nonetheless, the name Feira da Ladra itself, only dates back to the 17th Century.

More about it here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fluffy pirate...

 OK, I'll admit, not the most beautiful rendering... But in the 70ies some of our toys were like that...

Capitan Harlock, Fabianplastica (?), Italy, 1978-79