Can you find the clues that tell how and where this artifact was made? If you look closely at the multi-colored metal, you can see pictures of little Dutch boys, dairy cows and windmills. This toy was made from "Bonnet Rouge" brand condensed milk cans! Cut, bent, wrapped and glued, the cans were transformed into the shape of an airplane. The wheels were cut out from old flip-flop sandals. Do you recognize what language the print is in? English and French! But, the toy was not made in an English-speaking country or in France. It was made in the West African country Burkina Faso, where French is spoken because Burkina Faso was once a colony of France. However, the cans themselves came from Holland. This toy is truly international! These types of toys were first made in Africa by inventive young boys who used their creativeness to make fun and operable toys out of materials that no one else wanted. Since then, the toys have become popular collectibles and works of art sold in African markets and by distributors in different parts of the world.
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Handicraft -- Africa
France -- Colonies -- Africa
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
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