American Flyer Trains

American Flyer Trains

Toy trains have been marketed under the name “American Flyer” for nearly a century. American Flyers have run on four different track gauges; they have been manufactured in four different parts of the world; and they have been sold by five different corporate entities.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, a Chicago toymaker named William Frederick Hafner developed a clockwork motor, which he used to power toy automobiles. By [...] Click here to continue reading.


Lionel Trains

Lionel Trains

Lionel is by far the best-known toy train brand in North America, having done business under that name for over a century.

Joshua Lionel Cowen (1877 to 1965) gained first-hand experience with electrical devices by working for two New York City firms that manufactured dry-cell batteries and light bulbs. In 1899, he invented a battery-powered device that ignited photographer’s flash powder. He soon received a large order from the United States [...] Click here to continue reading.


Boucher Voltamp Trains

The Voltamp Electric Manufacturing Co. & Boucher Manufacturing.

The Voltamp Electric Manufacturing Co. was founded by Manes A. Fuld of Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1895. Manufacturing of toy train sets began in 1903. Voltamp is best known as the maker of the first electric toy train to operate on standard household alternating current. These sets hit the market in 1907 and were desired over battery operated electric sets.

Boucher Manufacturing, New York. Boucher is perhaps [...] Click here to continue reading.


Knapp Toy Trains

The Knapp Electric & Novelty Company

The Knapp Electric & Novelty Company was founded in 1890 by David Knapp in New York City. Toy train production ran from 1906 to 1913 and consisted on 2 inch gauge electric locomotives and cars running on sectional track.


Studebaker Collection – Garths 11/26/10

The Studebaker Collection of Quaker Hill

For over half a century, Richard and Sue Studebaker have stood as pillars of the Ohio antiques community. Thousands of collectors, scholars, and students have been welcomed to Quaker Hill, the couple’s eighteenth century home in Dayton, to enjoy the Studebaker’s hospitality and their passion for Americana.

Richard and Sue purchased their first antique on their honeymoon in New England in 1952, and within a few years, the [...] Click here to continue reading.


American National & Gendron

American National & The Gendron Wheel Company

The American National Company of Toledo, Ohio was established circa 1925 and together with the Toledo Metal and Gendron Wheel Companies produced a variety of pressed steel goods including large toy cars and trucks, pedal cars, tricycles, and ride-on children’s toys.

Toys were labeled and sold under a variety of recognized trade names including American National, Toledo, Gendron, Pioneer, Skippy, Reliance, Hi-Speed, Hi-Way, Blue Streak and Sampson.

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Hubley Mfg. Co. – Pennsylvania Toy, Bank & Iron Goods Maker

Hubley Banks & Toys

Hubley Manufacturing Company began operation in 1894 and was located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They expanded their basic line of toys in the 1920s to include bookends, ashtrays, and doorstops.

Unlike most other companies who produced toys and banks as a profitable sidelines to their hardware manufacturing, John Hubley, the founder of the Hubley Manufacturing Company, emphasized toy and bank manufacturing from the very beginning. The company used the patterns of [...] Click here to continue reading.


Grey Iron Casting Co. – Pennsylvania Toy & Bank Maker

The Grey Iron Casting Company

Grey Iron began as the Wrightsville Hardware Company in 1881 to manufacture toys. In 1912, the company assumed the new name of the Grey Iron Casting Company and went into business on its own, based in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. The company produced a wide array of iron banks and toys, including military miniatures. Their first iron banks were made in 1903, and they ceased bank production in 1925 – [...] Click here to continue reading.


Girard Model Works

The Girard Model Works

Joy Line train sets were made by the Girard Model Works of Girard, Pennsylvania in association with Louis Marx, circa 1927 to 1936.

Girard began with O-gauge pressed steel clockwork locomotives and expanded their line in 1930 to include electric engines. Rolling stock consisted of simple tinplate tenders, freight and passenger cars with Joy Line Coach and Observation cars being introduced in 1931.


Kilgore Manufacturing Co

The Kilgore Manufacturing Company

Kilgore Manufacturing originally of Westerville, Ohio and later moving to Toone, Tennessee in 1961. Maker of cast iron toys including vehicles and cap guns, circa 1925 to 1985.


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