Advertising is child’s play with tin

Agostino Marchesini was a real tin master. He started working with this common toy material in 1908, in Bologna, making small cars and other items branded with his company’s name – AMB Bologna, one of the oldest in its field.

In 1929, AMB expanded by opening a spacious new factory in Via Frassinago 21 and starting a new company in partnership with Umberto Rappini.

Managed by Agostino’s sons, Giuseppe and Giovanni, AMB continued to make toys until 1955.

Here is a gallery of advertising vehicles made by the historical manufacturer, in what we now appreciate as classic vintage style. Everything, of course, is made of tin.

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