One of my fondest memories of childhood was playing with my father’s toy soldiers on the oriental rugs in our living room. These soldier’s were my father’s when he was a boy and the main part of the collection are World War I American soldiers made in Germany by Elastolin. They are very unusual because they are made out of paper-mache molded around a wire armature. As the years went on he continued to add to the collection mostly purchasing sets of Britains which are lead molded and acquired from the store Toymaker of Williamsburg, Virginia. When my father passed away, I became the caretaker of the soldiers. Included in the photos are World War I American charging cavalry, WWI American charging infantry, French Foreign Legion and Napoleonic era Grenadiers of the Guard. Interesting that in today’s world events that American and French soldiers are allies fighting together in Libya, North Africa.