This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
The Ives Toy Company
Saturday, February 18, 2018 Sunny with cloudy periods -3 C 26.6 F
The Ives Manufacturing Company (American) was a toy manufacturer from 1868-1932.
It was the largest manufacturer of toy trains in the United States from 1910-1924, whereupon the Lionel Corporation overtook it in sales. Initially, the company produced clockwork toys (wind-ups),
and by the 1880's was a leading manufacturer of these type of toys. However, there were many "copycat" manufacturers who reproduced their types of toys far less expensively. As a consequence, the company decided to focus on toy trains.The initial toy trains did not run on tracks. A fire in 1900 destroyed the entire factory and all of the patterns, parts and tools were destroyed. Upon the rebuilding of a new factory, the company decided to produce toy trains that ran on tracks. The Ives company was the first "O" gauge trains in the United States to run on fabricated sectional tracks that could be attached to each other in a circle or other patterns.*