Williams, A.C. Co.

An A. C. Williams cast iron open touring car with driver and passenger

p4A ItemID F7964979
An A. C. Williams cast iron toy race car with driver

p4A ItemID F7964954
An A. C. Williams Gasoline tanker truck

p4A ItemID F7964905
An A. C. Williams cast iron fire pumper toy truck with driver

p4A ItemID F7964240

When A. C. Williams, Jr. bought his father’s business, the A. C. Williams Co., in 1886, it was a leading manufacturer of hardware items in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After fires in 1889 and 1892 destroyed the Chagrin Falls operation, Williams decided to move the company to Ravenna, Ohio. It was soon after this move that a Detroit buyer suggested that the miniature product models carried by the company salesmen would make nice toys. This suggestion led to the beginning of the A.C. Williams Company’s venture into toy and bank manufacturing.

The expansion into toy production soon increased, making the company the largest toy and still bank manufacturer in the world, bringing them well-known chain store customers like Woolworth’s. The company’s production of still banks grew rapidly, including large numbers of character, animal, transportation, and building bank types. Production boomed until the beginning of World War II, when iron was needed for military consumption. After the war, the company continued to manufacture toys until 1977, although bank production was never resumed.


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