Blue jacketed Yankees from the War Between the States, very nicely done, even the footwear seems spot on. And, from the end of the nineteenth century:
The medic in the Spanish-American War period uniform is of a different quality than the other two figures, on thinner paper, but a tad more realistically rendered. I am also fortunate enough to possess a single figure (of the same manufacture I think) fixed to a small wooden base, with the word 'Eng.' written in a childish cursive script, in pencil, on the back:
He can stand in for all the lost games of childhood. I hope his original owner had a decent life, and that his end was good.
The book on paper soldiers is the monumental work by Edward Ryan:
I have no hesitation in calling Mr Ryan's book a work of scholarship, and from the author description in my 1995 edition, one might expect no less. Born and raised in New York City, educated at Yale, four years at sea with the United States Navy, 1940-1944, then Naval Intelligence and the CIA during the Cold War; retired to Maryland. Old school, one could say.
It is late (11.15 pm), my pipe is burning low, so I will return to my fireside and continue with John Biggins' A Sailor of Austria. I have His Grace, the Duke of Tradgardland, to thank for this find, and the happy knowledge that there are three more novels in the series. My thanks.