Cyber Contrarian


Nineteenth Century Wooden Doll's Cradle with Square Nails (LEO Design)


It's "Cyber Monday."  Of all the manufactured "holidays," this one seems particularly crass, to me.  Particularly manufactured. Particularly self-serving.  And, although I do make (part of) my living by selling on-line, I cannot bring myself to cheerlead the event.

Instead, I will find and present the oldest, "least-techie" toy in my possession—no screens, no electricity, no internet connection.  It's an early 19th century wooden cradle, made to hold a little doll, fastened with old, square nails.

Which makes me think: how many modern toys last 200 years?  I have mobile phones and laptops which are obsolete after 15 years!

For those who cannot help themselves, have a Happy Cyber Monday.

Click on the photo to learn more about this intriguing, old-school toy.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248