In the past, toys were sold chiefly in places of pilgrimage or shrines and at major fairs.

Until the 19th century, peddlers travelled from village to village to sell toys to parents. In cities, tradesmen strolled in the streets and hawked their wares to passers-by and residents alike.

Then in the 19th century, toys began to be marketed and could be found at grocers, haberdashers and other shops.

Toy sales expanded with the opening of the large Paris department stores. The publication of Christmas catalogues also helped reach a broader public.
Branches sold toys in the provinces.
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