Gibbs Manufacturing Company
Gibbs Manufacturing originally was in the market of producing plows. In
1896, the company added toys, specializing in lithographed
paper-on-wood, metal, wagons, spinning tops, and advertising toys. The
company’s first toy was a political spinning top for William McKinley
to be given away as part of his campaign.
Gibbs success prompted competitors to make similar products in the same
town. Schoenhut started to make similar toys. Click the Schoehnut
chapter to view.
Gibbs Manufacturing Company declared bankruptcy in 2001. In March 2002
their buildings and equipment were auctioned. Gibbs toys are an unique
combination of metal and wood, most designed to moved when pushed. B.
Gropper toys are often confused by the public as Gibbs Toy.