Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Girard Toy Company

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The Girard Toy Company

     The Girard toy company, known as Girard Model Works, Inc., was established byFrank E. Wood from 1919-1922). LAter the company was known as the Girard Mfg. Co. from 1922-1935.  Louis Marx, the owner of Marx Toys worked at on time for the company, and later had the company manufacture toys for them. At the time he had a  financial interest in the company.  Many of the toys from both companies are quite similar but for a name difference. The best example would be bothy of their "fire Chief " cars. 

   I've had the pleasure of actually having bought and sold a few of these toys, and they're built quite well, and of thick-gauge steel. As far as their prices go for old toys, they're not on the high end, so it's possible to find and purchase them at pricing that won't bankrupt you.


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As you can see, they've lasted and retained a fair condition of their paint and body for close to 70 plus years. I also found that they made other types of toys than the "usual" cars that you see on E-Bay. Their toy airplanes have much more "oomph", than the cars. But most of their cars have a bell that rings, a wind-up mechanism that moves the car, and size D battery that gives light to the 2 headlights and the rear night light (brake light).

Thanks for the visit,
and have a great part of the day, wherever you may be.

Stacey


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