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 boys and girls wearing Dutch wooden shoes and the words "milk," "sweetened" and "butterfat." This toy was made from condensed milk cans! Cut, bent, wrapped and glued, the cans were transformed into the shape of a hydrocopter. The windows were made from green Tupperware lids. Do you recognize what languages 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. On the bottom of one of the runners it reads: "Coberco Dairies, Deventer, 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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