Just after the close of the Civil War, in 1865, a young German immigrant named Albert Schoenhut settled in Philadelphia and got a job at the famous Wanamaker & Son department store.
Albert had a special affinity for Wanamaker’s toy department.
No wonder. His father and grandfather back in Germany had both been toymakers. Continue reading Humpty Dumpty Circus – Albert Schoenhut
From delivering the mail to defending the country, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle rolled profoundly across American history in the 20th century. Continue reading Harley-Davidson
Tin Toys have delighted people of all ages since the early 1830s, whey they were first produced by toymakers in New England. In keeping with the folk-art style of early wooden toys, the American tin toys were handpainted with bright colors in simple, whimsical designs. Continue reading Tin Toys
The history of an American toy company mirrors the times and society in which it flourished – the interests and advancements, the wars and regulations, and the changes in values and popular tastes. The story of J. Chein & Co., one of the great American toymakers, also reflects the personalities that guided and shaped it: Continue reading J. Chein & Co.