New Toys Added

In the last couple of days I have added more than thirty new toys to the Keystone catalog.  There should be that many more added in the next few.  I am finally inputting information from the 1933 catalog that I purchased and the copy of a 1934 catalog that I received from Bob Jones.  I also just received a 1939 Keystone catalog today.  Alot of what was added to the...

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Jacrim Manufacturing Company

Jacrim Manufacturing Company Boston, Massachusetts 1922 – 1934 Founders:  Charles H. Jackson, Arthur L. Jackson and Chester A. Rimmer   Jacrim Manufacturing Company was founded in 1922 in Malden, Massachusetts to produce metal products.  Founders Arthur Jackson and Chester Rimmer both studied naval architecture at MIT and were 1921 graduates.  With the backing of...

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Keystone Manufacturing Company

Keystone Manufacturing Company Boston, Massachusetts 1919-1960 Founders: Edward Swartz, J. M. Welsman, Isadore Marks and Benjamin Marks   Keystone Manufacturing Company was founded in 1919 to produce moving picture machines.  Interestingly, at the time Isadore and Benjamin Marks were the president and treasurer, respectively, of the Marks Brothers Company, which had been...

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Jacrim Tom Thumb Wooden Train

I have been working on a Jacrim Tom Thumb wooden train that I acquired recently.  The wooden train was manufactured sometime between 1929 and 1934.  A similar train that is only two cars and an engine appears in a 1931 advertisement.  The train has four cars and an engine and an overall length of five feet.  One of the cars had been painted black and I have successfully...

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Toy Poem from 1919

I found this poem yesterday while doing some research.  It is a toy poem from 1919 and definitely drips with patriotism. The pennies spent on little toys For Uncle Sam’s own girls and boys, In turn, of course, go back again To our own loyal working men American – the workman’s hand American – ’twas Built and planned, American – in...

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Merry Christmas

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  May you find that special toy in your hunting next year. Derrick Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter...

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Family Histories

One of the interesting side effects of doing research on Keystone MFG. is I am developing family histories for several of the key members of Keystone Mfg.  I am putting one together for the Marks, the Rimmer, the Jackson and the Swartz families.  Chas Kesselman is a bit of a mystery but I’m still digging.  I hope one day to speak with some of the descendants of...

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Obsessive Collecting

So what is it about toy collecting that makes us become “obsessive”?  Is it mainly that the items we covet come along less often than the items we want from the local store?  I know I often utter the words “I may never see this again” or “this is a rarity” to my wife.  Both of which never seem to persuade her.  But what really amazes...

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