Vintage 1930 Moon Mullins & Kayo Tin Litho Windup Handcar Toy W/ Box, Louis Marx
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Vintage 1930 Moon Mullins & Kayo Tin Litho Windup Handcar Toy W/ Box, Louis Marx:
Welcome to our sale! Many of you know us as longtime collectors and sellers of antique and vintage Hallowe'en, Christmas, and Easter holiday memorabilia, paper ephemera, antique dolls and toys, and lovely old china and glassware. We have been askedto share some amazing pieces from the collection of a longtime, knowledgeable antique and vintage toy collector! Please keep watching our listings for more!Purchased via Noel Barrett sales several years ago, this is the fabulous Moon Mullins & Kayo on a Handcar that was made by Louis Marx & Co. circa 1930. This lithographed toy features the famous comic characters on a clockwork-driven handcar with train track wheels. It measures 6 ½” long. It works well with great animated action and bell-ringing sound.We particularly love the colors used here, which include old red, golden yellow, black and spring green. The toy is in excellent condition with some scratches and small rubs to the paint. The box, which is an amazing collectible all by itself, retains all of its flaps, has a few small creases to the tabs and one short tear to a tab.The illustrations on the box are magnificent and it reads Moon Mullins & Kayo on a Handcar, Marx, Made in USA, Louis Marx & Co. 200-5th Ave., New York, New York USA, Patent Pending. On the flaps it also reads Licensed by Famous Artists Syndicate, One of the Many Marx Toys, Have You All of Them? The illustration appears on both sides of the box.We think this classic and fun tin windup toy, in its superb condition and with its box, would make an outstanding acquisition for the seasoned antique and vintage toy collector!Here is a history of the Louis Marx toy company that we found online:
Founded in 1919 in New York City by Louis Marx and his brother David, the company's basic aim was to "give the customer more toy for less money," and stressed that "quality is not negotiable" - two values that made the company highly successful. Initially, after working for Ferdinand Strauss, Marx, born in 1894, was a distributor with no products or manufacturing capacity (King 1986, 188). Marx raised money as a middle man, studying available products, finding ways to make them cheaper, and then closing sales. Enough funding was raised to purchase tooling for two obsolete tin toys - called the Alabama Coon Jigger and Zippo the Climbing Monkey - from previous employer Strauss (Time Magazine 1955; King 1986, 188). With subtle changes, Marx was able to turn these toys into hits, selling more than eight million of each within two years. Another success was the "Mouse Orchestra" with tinplate mice on piano, fiddle, snare, and one conducting (King 1986, 188-189).By 1922, both Louis and David Marx were millionaires. Initially, Marx produced few original toys by predicting the hits and manufacturing them less expensively than the competition. The yo-yo is an example: although Marx is sometimes wrongly credited with inventing the toy, Marx was quick to market its own version. During the 1920s about 100 million Marx yo-yos were sold.Unlike most companies, Marx's revenues grew during the Great Depression, with the establishment of production facilities in economically hard-hit industrial areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and England. By 1937, the company had more than $3.2 million in assets ($42.6 Mil. in 2005 dollars), with debt of just over $500,000. Marx was the largest toy manufacturer in the world by the 1950s. In 1955, a Time Magazine article proclaimed Louis Marx "the Toy King," and that year, the company had about $50 million in sales (Time Magazine 1955). Marx was the initial inductee in the Toy Industry Hall of Fame, and his plaque proclaimed him "The Henry Ford of the toy industry."At its peak, Louis Marx and Company operated three manufacturing plants in the United States: Erie, Pennsylvania, Girard, Pennsylvania, and Glen Dale, West Virginia. The Erie plant was the oldest and largest, while the Girard plant, acquired in 1934 with the purchase of Girard Model Works, produced toy trains, and the Glen Dale plant produced toy vehicles (Marx Trains 2007). Additionally, Marx operated numerous plants overseas, and in 1955 five percent of the toys Marx sold in the U.S.A. were made in Japan (Time Magazine 1955).
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