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Misc. Companies Group C
D through M Companies

(look through these makers if you haven't found your toy among the listed makers)

by Richard Mueller Jr

Disney Catalogs, Advertising and Press

2 Pigs in Boat

Pluto the Pup & Mickey Mouse Child's Cup Set
9.5"L x 5.4"H x 3"W
$400 - $600

Minnie Silverware Set

Disney Toy Advertisements:
  
Click on the links below to see PDF files of Disney toy ads.
Disney Toy Ads - File 1
Disney Toy Ads - File 2
Disney Toy Ads - File 3
Disney Toy Ads - File 4

Disney Toy Advertising Articles:
  
Click on the links below to see PDF files of Disney advertising articles.
Disney Articles - File 1
Disney Articles - File 2
Disney Articles - File 3

 

Dixtoy Corp.

1929 Advertisement
Toy Values: $120 - $160

 

Donahue Manufacturing Corp.
New Rochelle, N.Y.

1923 Advertisement
Toy Values: $150 - $200

1921 Advertisement
Triple Ducks: $60 - $80
Noah's Ark: $180 - $240

 

Dux Toy Company
Concord, New Hampshire
Estimated 1910 - 1911

We were able to find ads from the above dates. Dux toys often do not have a logo and are very simple in design.

In 1912, Hardware & Woodenware Manufacturing Company of New York advertised very similar toy designs. These toy manufacturers are not well known. Because of their simplicity and low collection demand, these toys have lower values than most toys from the same time period.

Logo

Grasshopper
1912
11"L x 4"H x 3"W
$90 - $120

Frog
1911
$90 - $120

Alligator
c. 1911
$120 - $150

Chicken
c. 1911
$120 - $150

Pelican
c. 1910
9.5L x 10H x 5W
$90 - $120

1910 Advertisement
$90 - $120

1910 Advertisement
Value of toys in ad: $90 - $120 each

1912 Advertisement
Hardware & Woodenware Manu. Co.
Pelican: $90 - $120
Dachshund: $90 - $120
Rooster: $120 - $150
Rabbit: $90 - $120
Duck: $90 - $120
Grasshopper: $90 - $120

Crow

1910
9.5"L x 12"H x 5.13"W
$270 - $360
Photo Courtesy of Richard Mueller, Jr.
   

 

Elenee Toys Inc.
New York
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Logo
c. 1955
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Horse Cart
c. 1955
15.8"L x 5.2"H x 6.5"W
$120 - $160

 

Enco Industries
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Mama Penguin & Babies
Estimated 1970
14.75"L x 4.25"H x 3.5"W
$15 - $20

 

Fanny Farmer
Chicago
1920 - present

The first Fannie May shop was opened in 1920 by H. Teller Archibald. Fannie May Confections, Inc. is based in Chicago and includes both Fanny May and Fanny Farmer brands. Fannie May has been a family-owned business and per their website continues to be privately held today.

Candy packaged by Fanny Farmer were often sold in a creative cardboard candy box that was used as a child's play item once the candy was eaten. The following toys are only a small sample of the many box packages sold under the Fanny Farmer name.

For more information on Fannie May, visit their website at www.fanniemay.com/aboutus/
 
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Lion Car
5.75"L x 4.2"H x 3"W

Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer
c. 1965
10.25L x 4H x 2.75W
$120 - $160

Scottie Dog
c. 1965
7.5"L x 5.8"H x 2.6"W
$45 - $60

Baby Doll Carriage
c. 1950
6L x 4.5H x 3.75W
$75 - $100

Duck with Babies
c. 1950
7L x 5.75H x 2.75W
$75 - $100

Boat
c. 1955
11.2L x 2.7H x 3W
$60 - $80
   

 

Ferdinand Strauss
East Rutherford, New Jersey
1900 - 1940

Ferdinand Strauss was a manufacturer of early mechanical toys. When it was in financial trouble, Louis Marx purchased in 1922 along with toy dies. Louis Marx started his career working at Ferdinand Strauss at the age of 14.
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Ham & Sam - The Minstrel Team #95
1924
6.5"L x 6.5"H x 5"W

Trackless Trolley #45
c. 1920
$160 - $200

1918 Advertisement
Bear and Monkey
See-Saw: $450 - $600

 

Fibro Novelties
Formerly Dolly Toy Company
Dayton, Ohio
1923-present

H. B. Holtvoigt, his two sons and daughter started The Dolly Folding Kite and Toy Company with their first product being a practical folding kite. The new kite had a lot of competition and the venture failed. In 1934, they changed the name to Dolly Toy Company sending their product in the direction of inexpensive toys and novelties. You can reference a brief history by going to www.dolly.com/retro.asp. The company is best known for their Christmas houses, kites and nursery products. The majority of these fiberboard toys were designed with a cart to be filled with candy or toys.

In the mid to late 1930s, Dolly Toy Company ventured into a line of inexpensive toys and novelties, calling the line Fibro Toys. Most of the toys under the name Fibro were made from paperboard and the price ranged from $.10 to $.50 each. During this period of time, the Dollys name was found only on kites and Christmas houses. Look under the Fibro chapter to see these toys.

See Dolly toy chapter for toy examples and more information

Rabbit Pulling Bunny Cart
10"L x 5"H x 3.5"W

Action Bunny #94
1939
9.5"L x 11.5"H x 4.25"W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Pushing Wheelbarrow
Estimated 1933
10.5"L x 9"H x 3.25"W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Pushing Wheelbarrow
1939
8.5"L x 7"H x 3.3"W
$90 - $120

Rabbit Pulling Cart
9"L x 6.25"H x 3.5"W

Rabbit Pulling Cart
$90 - $120

Bunny #50
1933
6.1"L x 7.3"H x 3"W
$120 - $160

Duck Pulling Rabbit Cart

Hen Pulling Cart
c. 1938
10.5"L x 8"H x 4.75"W
$90 - $120

Chick Pulling Egg Cart
Estimated 1933 10.5"L x 6.75"H x 3.5"W
$90 - $120

Devil Lantern

Cat Lantern

Pumpkin Lantern
c. 1930
8"L x 8.5"H x 4.25"W

Halloween Cat #63
1935
9"L x 6"H x 4"W
$240 - $320

Halloween Witch Cart #64
1935
9"L x 7"H x 3.25"W
$240 - $320

Santa Claus #93
1936
6"L x 7"H x 2.5"W
$225 - $300

Circus Elephant

1933 Fibro Novelties Flier
Value of toys in picture:
Easter Doll Carriage #912: $60 - $80
Bunny House on Wheels #53: $150 - $200
Bunny Candy Containers #50: $120 - $160
Easter Doll Carriage #914: $60 - $80

1934 Fibro Novelties Flier

1935 Fibro Novelties Flier

1936 Fibro Novelties Flier

1933 Fibro Novelties Flier
Toys in Flyer are valued at $90 - $120 Each

1939 Fibro Novelties Flier
Toys in Flyer are valued at $90 - $120 Each
 

 

Firestone Toy Company

Firestone Toy Company sold Tick Tock toys, Woodettes and other toys as shown in ad below. View the specific chapters for more information.
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Folk Art

There are many woodworking books on how to make a toy in a woodshop at home. Woodshop enthusiasts have made many very unique, one of a kind, and colorful toys. The simplicity of the toy make the toys desirable as home decorating pieces. Sometimes, a person working in their home would make a toy very similar to a production toy being sold at toy stores.

The Mickey ringing bell below is very similar to the Fisher Price Dog Cart Donald toy. Here are a few examples of homemade toys.

Duck on Platform
10"L x 9.5"H x 4"W

Mickey Ringing Bell with Pluto
Estimated 1938
12.9"L x 8.5"H x 4.25"W
$90 - $120

Two Horses Circus Wagon
Estimated 1965
26"L x 13.8"H x 5.8"W
$75 - $100

Boat on Wheels - Troop Transport
1948
12"L x 5"H x 2.5"W
$45 - $60

Noah's Ark

Ship
17.75"L x 6.5"H x 3"W
$40 - $60

Musical Band Wagon
23"L x 12"H x 9"W

Boy Riding Ostrich

Giraffe with Monkey
Estimated 1955
14.2"L x 13.4"H x 5.2"W
$45 - $60

Mickey Cart
24"L x 11"H x 7"W

Boy Driving Cart
c. 1932
10.25"L x 9.25"H x 5.5"W
$30 - $40

Homemade Walking Duck

Leopard
9"L x 5"H x 3"W
$40 - $60

Horse Racer
8"L x 7"H x 2.5"W
$45 - $60

Clown Bull Rider
11"L x 13"H x 5"W

Dog on Platform

Man Riding Tricycle

Clown Pig Rider
c. 1950
11.2"L x 12.5"H x 4.6"W
$45 - $60

Hen Cart
 

 

Four Starr Manufacturing Company
1331 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago 5, Ill.

Very little is known about the Four Starr Manufacturing Company, other than the toy add from Playthings Manufacturing Company. The toys shown are very similar in design to some of the simple toys made by Holgate, Cass & Playskool. View these chapters for examples.

5 - Peg Wheel-A-Whale
$20-$25

1945 Advertisement
Five Peg Wheels #100: $20 - $25
Three Peg Oil Transport #155: $30 - $40
Five Peg Pull Cart #105: $20 - $25
Five Peg Circus Pull Wagon #110: $20 - $25
Lumber Truck #150: $30 - $40

 

Frantz Toys

For additional information on toys made with the Frantz logo, see the company write up for "Hustler" on this website.

Logo

Joe Hustler Transfer #1211

Fran-Zell the Walking Barking Dog
8"L x 8"H x 3.75"W

Fran-Zell with Box
The Walking-Barking Dog

 

Toys made in France


Donkey
4"L x 5"H x 2.5"W

Giraffe
7"H x 3.5"W

Matador and Bull
c. 1920
36 cm in Length
$175 - $225

Mickey & Minnie Horse Cart
1950
14"L x 6.5"H x 4.2"W
$330 - $440

 

 

Fritzel Toys

Logo

Log Truck
14"L x 3.75"H x 4.5"W

 

Gaston Manufacturing Company
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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Gay Play w/Box
1949
10"L x 10"H x 1.14"W
$15 - $20

 

George Borgfeldt & Company
A.K.A. Geo. Borgfeldt Corporation
A.K.A. Nifty Trade Mark Toys
New York City, New York
1881-1962

We are including George Borgfeldt & Company since they were the distributors of very unique products. During their years of business, they held several sole licensees to difference characters, including Walt Disneys Mickey and Minnie Mouse from 1928 -1935, and Felix the Cat.

George Borgfeldt & Company spent a lot of time in the courts enforcing these licensees. One of their most pursued toy lines was called Nifty. These toys included several versions of Felix, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Jiggs and Maggie, Toonerville and Buttercup. Until the late 1920s these toys were imported. At that time, the line was moved to different manufactories in the U.S., including J. Chein and Company. In 1933, the firm was liquidated and they were taken over by Messes, George and Fred Kola, under the name Geo. Borgfeldt Corporation.

Mickey Mouse Express Wagon
12.5L x 7H x 3.25W
$2400 - $3200

Felix the Cat
c. 1931
7.75L x 6H x 3.75W
$1500 - $2000

Snowflake and Swipes
c. 1929
7.5L x 6H x 4W
$900 - $1200

Ignatz Mouse
c. 1932
7L x 9.25H x 5W
$1350 - $1800

Speedy Felix
c. 1931
12L x 5H x 4.25W
$900 - $1200

Buttercup and Spareribs
c. 1926
7.5L x 6H x 3.5W
$825 - $1100

Tumbling Circus
c. 1931
11L x 6.25H x 4.25W
$2100 - $2800

Google and Spark
c. 1923
9Lx 6.5H x 4W
$800 - $1100

1909 Advertisement

1914 Advertisement

1924 Copyright Notice

1909 Advertisement
Toy sold at 2006 auction for over $25,000

1931 Advertisement

1909 Advertisement
Toys pictured: $800 - $1100 each

1931 Copyright Notice

1944 Advertisement
Value of toy: $120 - $160

 

George Koch Sons

Elephant Parade
Estimated 1945
22.5"L x 6"H x 5"W
$30 - $40

Circus Animal Parade
Estimated 1945
27"L x 7.5"H x 4.75"W
$30 - $40

1945 Advertisement
Circus Parade: $90 - $120
Swimming Ducks: $45 - $60
Bouncing Bunnies: $45 - $60
Elephant Parade: $60 - $80
Puss-In-Boots: $45 - $60

 

Gluck
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Airplane
1928
13.8"L x 4.1"H x 11.5"W
$450 - $600

 

Gould Manufacturing

Logo

Dog
1928
13.5"L x 10.5"H x 4.5"W
$90 - $120

 

Gray & Foster Engineering
Brandon, Vermont

Racy-Roadster #G-504
c. 1945
$45 - $60

Speedy Racer #G-502
Estimated 1945
5.25"L x 2.25"H x 2"W
$45 - $60

Speed Racer #F-502
Estimated 1945
5.75"L x 2.75"H x 2"W
$45 - $60

1945 Advertisement
What's the Matter Locomotive #G505: $120 - $160
Inzy-Outzy #G500: $45 - $60
Whirley-Whirley #G501: $30 - $40
Racy Roadster #G504: $120 - $160

 

Toys Made in Great Britain
  We are very interested in doing a large section on British built toys. Please contact us if interested.

Reed Paddle Wheel Boat
c.1883
13"L x 3.5"H x 4"W

(British?)

 

Harcourt Company
Chicago, ILL

Truck-O-Blocks
c. 1940
$175 - $225
Makes 12 pictures, complete alphabet and numerals . Photo courtesy of ebay member '1892store'. Toy is all cardboard except for wood axels.
Sold on ebay 3-08 for $200 plus $6.85 for shipping.
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Truck-O-Blocks Box
c. 1940
$175 - $225
Box $30 - $40

 

Holland Crafts Inc.
Buffalo, NY

 

Hudson Toy Corp.
Amston, Conn.
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1920 Advertisement
Toy value: $120 - $150