Keystone Blog

Here is a log of thoughts, ideas and goings on related to Keystone collecting and / or toy collecting in general.  What is here is as random as whatever my thoughts are at the time.

New Toys Added

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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 list,this time, was metal toys.  Check out the list. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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Jacrim Manufacturing Company

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

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 Arthur’s Uncle Charles Jackson and Chester Rimmer’s Uncles David and John Rimmer, both officers for the company, the two began producing wooden ships and sailboats that were as...

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Keystone Manufacturing Company

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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 in the toy business since 1911.  In 1924, Keystone started their line of pressed steel toys, for which it is best known.  The line of toys was modeled after the Packard...

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Jacrim Tom Thumb Wooden Train

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

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 removed the black paint.  It is now the original green.  Paint removal is difficult and usually not successful but I was lucky the black paint was water based.  Randy’s...

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Toy Poem from 1919

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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 spirit too. America’s Toy Gift to YOU. Copyright, Toy Mfrs. of U.S.A. 1919 Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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 (Opens in new...

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Family Histories

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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 these families.  I am sure that they could provide me with much more information than I could them but wouldn’t it be interesting if I had a tidbit or two for them. Share...

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Obsessive Collecting

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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 me is the constant thoughts about a toy once I have discovered it.  I think about owning it day and night.  As soon as I have a moment for random thoughts there the toy is...

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New Keystone Material

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New Keystone Material

It has been awhile since I have found any new information about Keystone and the toys it produced.  I so want to come across another catalog or ephemera to get my research fix.  One of these days I am going to have to travel to Boston to do some “on the ground” research, sight-seeing and photography.  I’m always looking so if you have any stories about Keystone let me know. 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...

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Keystone Replacement Parts

Posted by on Nov 28, 2014 in Blog | 9 comments

Keystone Replacement Parts

I received another box of Keystone replacement parts from Jerry Tompkins widow today.  This is the remainder of the parts that Jerry had made.  Jerry’s collection is boxed and will be going to auction in the spring.  I hope to pick up a few key pieces to add to my collection.  But first I need to get a few boats from Bob Jones.   I am not sure what I am going to do with all of these replacement parts but have considered reviving Jerry’s parts business.  I know a quality woodworker locally that could recreate the parts.  What would...

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