List of Vintage Toy Makers & Manufacturers

Schoenhut Gorilla wooden toy

This list of vintage toy manufacturers starts in the mid 1800s and continues into present day. This list included Marx, Schoenhut, Hasbro and 105 more. Hopefully this list comes in handy when you’re out and about at the antique mall.

If there are some major toy manufactures that are not listed here, please leave the info in the comments section below so I can add it to the list.

One funny thing I notice about this list: Hasbro decided in 1991 that they were going to buy just about every toy manufacturer under the sun. Then a little later in 1996, Mattel bought just about everyone else.

List of 108 different vintage toy makers

ManufacturerLocationDatesToys Made & Info
American FlyerChicago, IL1910-1966Trains, airplanes & accessories
American National CompanyToledo, OH1894-1941Pedal cars, pressed steel trucks, bicycles, scooters
Applause Toy CompanyNew York, NY1979-presentDolls, plush toys, Simpsons
AsahiTokyo, Japan1950-presentLithographed tin toys, die-cast cars
Arcade Manufacturing CompanyFreeport, IL1868-1946Die-cast cars, farm equipment, gasoline pumps
Arnold CompanyNuremberg, Germany1906-presentTrains & nautical toys
Auburn Rubber CorporationAuburn, IN1913-1968English Palace Guard toys, military miniatures
BandaiTokyo, Japan1950-presentLithographed tin toys, action figures, Power Rangers
Barclay Manufacturing CompanyWest Hoboken, NJ1923-1971Toy soldiers & die-cast cars
Bassett-Lowke, Ltd.Northampton, England1899-presentScale-model railroads
Gebruder BingNuremberg, Germany1866-1960sSteam engines, lithograph cars
R. Bliss Manufacturing Co.Pawtucket, RI1832-1914Lithographed paper on wood, dollhouse, games
BrimtoyLondon, England1910-1932Tin and later die-cast road vehicles
Wells Brimtoy, Ltd.Holyhead, Wales1932-1965Tin and later die-cast road vehicles
Karl BubNuremberg, Germany1851-1966Lithographed tin car, trucks, trains
Buddy LEast Moline, IL1921-presentTrucks, contruction toys, planes
Burnett, Ltd.Birmingham, England1905-1930sLithographed tin vehicles, London buses
George CaretteNuremberg, Germany1866-1917Lithographed tin mechanical trains, cars, boats, planes
Carlisle & FinchCincinnati, OH1895-presentElectric trains (1896-1915), marine lighting after 1915
Carter Tru-ScaleRockford, IL1946-1971Farm toys
Chad Valley ToysBirmingham, England1897-presentStuffed bears & toys, tin lithographed toys
J. Chein & CompanyHarrison, NJ; NY, NY1903-1979Lithographed tin banks, toys, tin boxes
CitroenFrance1923-1936Lithographed tin toy cars
Morton E. Converse Co.Winchendon, MA1887-1934Wooden housed, dollhouse, dollhouse furniture
CorgiHawthorne, CA1956-presentMade Mattoy in 1956, Mattel bought brand in 1993
Cosmo Manufacturing Co.Chicago, IL1888-1926Novelty toys for Cracker Jack, trinkets
Creative PlaythingsFramingham, MA1951-presentSwing sets & playground equipment
Crescent ToysLondon, England1921-1970sToy soldiers, metal & plastic toys
Dent Hardware CompanyFullerton, PA1895-1937Cast-iron and cast-aluminum banks & vehicles
Dinky ToyLiverpool, England1901-1979Dinky toys, toy car kits, trains, relaunched as Meccano
Dorfan CompanyNewark, NJ1924-1934Electric & mechanical trains
Dowst Brothers CompanyChicago, IL1890-1926Tootsietoys, dollhouses
Dowst Manufacturing CompanyChicago, IL1926-1961Changed name to Strombecker Corporation in 1961
Ertl CompanyDyersville, IA1945-presentDie-cast metal farm & construction toy vehicles
Georg FischerNuremberg, Germany1903-1930Tin toys, often unmarked
Fisher-Price ToysEast Aurora, NY1930-presentBecame of wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel in 1993
Gebruder FleischmannNuremberg, Germany1887-presentTin cars in the 20s & 30s, took over Doll et Cie in 1939
Garton Toy CompanySheboygan, WI1879-1974Pedal cars, wagons, sleds, outdoor toys
Gendron Wheel CompanyToledo, OH1877-presentPedal cars, wagons, sleds, outdoor toys
A.C. Gilbert CompanyNew Haven, CT1908-1966Erector sets, magic sets, scientific toys, puzzles
Grey Iron Casting CompanyMount Joy, PA1881-1969Cars & related cast toys, soldiers
Grimm & LeedsCamden, NJ1905Dollhouses
S.G. GunthermannNuremberg, Germany1877-1965Horse-drawn vehicles, planes, comic characters
Haji (Mansei Toy Company)Tokyo, Japan1951-1960sMetal vehicles
HasbroPawtucket, RI1923-presentMr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, Play-Doh, My Little Pony
O. & M. HausserStuttgart, Germany1904-1983Wooden toys, banks, Elastolin toys, dolls
J. L. HessNuremberg, Germany1826-1941Tin clockwork & pull-along trains
HubleyLancaster, PA1894-1965Cast-iron toys, fire engines, cap guns
Ideal Novelty & Toy CompanyBrooklyn, NY1903-1938Stuffed toys & dolls
Ideal Toy CorporationBrooklyn, NY1938-1982Sold to CBS in 1982
Ives CorporationBridgeport, CT1868-1928Lithographed tin clockwork toys, horse-drawn vehicles
JEP (Jouets en Paris)Paris, France1899-1965Lithographed clockwork cars, airplanes
Kenton Hardware CompanyKenton, OH1890-1952Cast-iron cars, Gene Autry repeating cap pistol
Kilgore Manufacturing CompanyWesterville, OH1925-1985Cast-iron cars, Stutz roadster, cannons, cap guns
KingsburyKeene, NH1895-1942Clockwork cars, trucks, buses, aircraft
Kirk-Latty Manufacturing Co.Cleveland, OH1894-1926Pedal cars, wagons, bicycles
K’NEX Industries, Inc.Hatfield, PA1992-presentBuilding sets, Lincoln logs
Knickerbocker Toy CompanyNew York, NY1850-1983Teddy bears, plush toys
LEGO CompanyBillund, Denmark1932-presentPlastic building bricks & systems
Ernest LehmannBrandenburg, Germany1881-presentClockwork & lithographed tin toys
Lesney ProductsEngland1948-1982Die-cast toy cars
LineolBrandenburg, Germany1906-1942Military toys, soldiers, vehicles
Lines Brothers, Ltd.London, England1919-1983Tin clockwork toys & cars
Lionel Manufacturing Co.New York, NY1900-presentElectric trains & accessories
Gebruder MaerklinGoppinghen, Germany1859-presentToy boats, airplanes, electric trains
Manoil Manufacturing Co.New York, NY1934-1955Cars & cast toys
MarklinGoppinghen, Germany1859-presentToy boats, airplanes, electric trains
Fernand MartinParis, France1887-1919Double-action tin mechanical toys
MarusanTokyo, Japan1947-presentTin toys, optical toys
Louis Marx & CompanyNew York, NY1919-1979Revived the Yo-Yo in 1928, electric trains & more
Mattel, Inc.Hawthorne, CA1945-presentBarbie, Hot Wheels, He-Man, Tickle Me Elmo
McLoughlin BrothersNew York, NY1855-1920Games, Acquired by Milton Bradley in 1920
MeccanoLiverpool, England1901-1979Dinky toys, toy car kits, trains
Mettoy Company, Ltd.London, England1933-1956Tin toys, plastic toys after 1945
Mettoy Playcraft, Ltd.Swansea, South Wales1956-1984Die cast Corgi toys
Milton Bradley CompanySpringfield, MA1861-presentBoard Games like Battleship & Twister
Mound MetalcraftMound, MN1947-1955First Tonka toys, Changed name to Tonka in 1955
MT (Masudaya Toys)Tokyo, Japan1945-presentMechanical & battery operated tin toys
Murray-Ohio Manufacturing Co.Cleveland, OH1919-1957Pedal Cars, wagons & bicycles, Steelcraft line
Murray-Ohio Manufacturing Co.Brentwood, TN1957-presentMakes bicycles & lawn mowers
Ohio Art CompanyBryan, OH1908-presentTin lithographed toys, Etch-A-Sketch, Disney toys
Parker BrothersSalem, MA1883-presentCard games, board games, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue
Ernst PlankNuremberg, Germany1866-1900Clockwork figures, magic lanterns, boats
PlayskoolMilwaukee, WI1928-presentTinkertoys, Weebles and other toys
Rich Manufacturing Co. (Rich Toys)Sterling, IL1915-1953Wooden dolls, toyhouses, rocking horses
Rich Industries, Inc.Tupelo, MI1953-1962Wooden dolls, toyhouses, rocking horses
A. Schoenhut & CompanyPhiladelphia, PA1872-1935Toy pianos, dolls, wooden toys
SchucoNuremberg, Germany1912-1976Clockwork toys & cars, mohair covered toys
Selchow & Richter CompanyNew York, NY1867-1986Parcheesi, Scrabble, Pin the Tail on the Donkey
SHTokyo, Japan1959-presentHorikawa Toys, Battery operated space toys
J. & E. StevensCromwell, CT1843-1930sCast iron toys, banks, jacks, doll furniture
StraussNew York, NY1914-1940Clockwork wind-up toys
Strombecker CorporationChicago, IL1961-presentTootsietoys
Sun Rubber CompanyBarberton, OH1930-50,60-74Rubber cars, dolls, floating toys
J.W. SutcliffeHorsforth, England1885-presentTin toys, battleships, speedboats
Tipp and CompanyNuremberg, Germany1912-1971Tin military toys
Toledo Metal Wheel CompanyToledo, OH1887-1930sPedal cars, Blue Streak line
Tonka ToysMound, MN1955-1991Steel vehicles, acquired by Hasbro in 1991
Toy Tinkers, Inc.Evanston, IL1914-1952Tinkertoys, sold to A.G. Spaulding in 1952
Tyco ToysMt. Laurel, NJ1926-presentGames, toys, action figures, joined Mattel in 1996
Unique Art Manufacturing Co.Newark, NJ1916-1950sLithographed mechanical tin windup toys
Universal InternationalHong Kong1980-2000Dinky toys, Matchbox cars
Wham-O Manufacturing CompanySan Gabriel, CA1948-presentSlingshots, hula hoopps, fribee, super balls
A.C. Williams CompanyRavenna, OH1886-presentCast-iron cars, rigs, airplanes, tractor toys
Wolverine Toy CompanyPittsburgh, PA1903-1970Sandy Andy, Corner Grocery, housekeeping toys
Wyandotte ToysWyandotte, MI1921-1956Toy guns, targets, lever action airplanes & cars
Y (Yonezawa)Tokyo, Japan1950s-1970sBattery operated toys (AKA Yone or STS)

About Paul Phipps

Paul loves history. He literally read the entire 1987 World Book Encyclopedia when he was 23 years old. His expertise ranges across the entire spectrum of pop culture. He specializes in vintage clothing, sports collectibles, vinyl records and tin toys.

25 thoughts on “List of Vintage Toy Makers & Manufacturers

  1. howard

    We have a vintage toy car, probably about 50 years old that my oldest son played with. Underneath is the name Midwest, and Rockford Ill. We plan to pass it on to our youngest son, for his little boy. Thought you might like to add it to the list of manufacturers. It is quite crude by todays standards. It is streamlined but slab sided.

  2. Scott

    My great grandfather owned a toy company in Chicago. The name was
    The Toy Gun Manufacturing Co.
    1908(year) I think. He designed and patented the Rough Rider Teddy Pom Pom

  3. Bos Slama

    Cleaning out the attic I came upon an unopened (still sealed in original packaging box) metal car from 1940’s or early 1950’s. The box reads: Police Radio Car, 1 Only #566, (Unassembled), Metal Masters Co. Inc., 127-129 Catherine St., Phila., PA. Any idea what’s in the box beyond the given description?



  5. Paul Mills

    Dear Paul, i have a pack of toy pipes, unopened, by a company called Arcadia Mills Company of Phila., Pa 19122 The name of toy is Teeny Weeny toys for boys. Wanted to sell and could never find the toy or info on company.

  6. Kathi Fox

    Neighbor across the street had a board game that I remember playing. Would have been mid 50s. I’m sure the name was “High Finance”. Seems like a precursor to Monopoly, but slightly different. There were businesses, like a candy store, that you bought, got a paper deed to. Don’t remember much else about how it was played, just that markers moved around a trail on a board, you could bid for businesses you wanted to buy, with play money. One player functioned as the banker. Thought it was made by Milton Bradley, but could have been Parker Bros. Really loved that game, even more than Monopoly. Have any idea who made, are there any left in existence? Have looked on other sites, but can’t find.

  7. Allan Haynes (England)

    Have come across a tinplate clockwork loco marked JAJ Made in Germany. Early 20th century. Have never heard of this maker. Any clues ??

  8. Carl Kinsella

    I have found a wooden play set called Gallops Riding School. On the lid it says made in Great Britain by Park Toys, with the slogan “Simply the best toys for years”, with a picture of a squirrel. It’s good quality with the figures being very similar to Britain’s. Unfortunately I can’t find any reference to Park Toys, does anyone have any idea who they were? From the illustration on the box I would say it’s a 1960s/70s toy. Any information would be much appreciated.

  9. Elisa

    In trying to find information on a toy company out of Brooklyn n.y. it’s called Broadway toy co game you ever heard if such a place?

  10. Russell Weaver

    Would you know the Chinese manufacturer of the Reproduction Lionel Boats 43 & 44 ?
    Have a similar project in mind & would like to get a proposal … or, other tin boat manufacturers. Thanks,
    Russ Weaver
    Easton, MD

  11. mryns

    Anyone identify MFCo. Michael Falk and Co maker of cast iron toy cannons and ? may of these from national parks yet no information re this maker?


    mr yns

  12. Joanne A

    I have 24 antique lead figures – 11 Lead horses (5 tan, 6 white) and 13 cowboys, several bearing the label
    ” FRANCHAL,Made in France, Unbreakable” on the underside. I think these were probably made between 1925-1935 because my father-in-law (1918-1983) collected many, many lead soldiers, canons, cowboys etc when he was growing up. I can find nothing on the internet about this company.

  13. nick

    Looking for information on a Milwuakee toy maker I found a wood model car kit called Challenger Models – world wide hobbies – Milwaukee Wisconsin usa.

    Im having a real hard time finding anything out about it please help.

  14. Stephen Ellis

    I collect all kinds of banks, still and mechanical.
    I i just bought a cast iron head and shoulder one, looks like a Clown,
    Label on bottom shows New England Die Casting Co, 445 Front St., West Haven, Conn
    I can not find anything about the maker nor the date of the bank.
    I think it may be from the 50’s
    Can you help me
    Thank you
    Also do have a book on the makers shown in your web site?

  15. Kim

    Hello, I am looking for some information on a clock work wind-up figure. The man on the box says Paddy Slanter Drinking Sam when its wound up it shakes and drinks his bottle of beer. Do you know anything about this and what it is worth? I can not find it online. Thank you for your time!

  16. Paresh Chawla

    We are manufacturers of replicas of Lithographed Tin Toys and boats. Started manufacturing in year 2000 and have made more than 150 toys.
    I would like to know the names of companies in the world who currently are in to manufacturing Tin Toys. Would like to meet everyone or create a group of people who love this glorious art.

  17. Alan Lashomb

    I have what i think is a promotional item made by Folgers Coffee no idea what year it is a puzzle never been opened what do you think.

  18. Karen

    I have one of my dad’s toys – the box and some of its contents. He was born in 1909. The box top displays animal and other character figures on it and is titled: “UmakeM The Home Toymaker Tools, Material, Designs and full instructions”. The bottom right of the box top says: “W.R. Price, 127 Fifth Ave., N.Y.” The left side flap of the top box has a circle stamp on it that says “No. 1”. Inside the box are the Instructions and the paper dolls to place on top of the wood before cutting them out of the wood; (the wood is also inside the box). Both the Instructions and the paper figurines identify W.R. Price, Inc. New York as the manufacturer. I didn’t see this manufacturer in your list of vintage toy makers. Can you tell me the year of this toy and how rare this toy might be ? Any information would be appreciated.

  19. Tiffany

    Looking for information on the “wooden toy and thing co.” I have an old wooden lamb rocker trying to find information on.

  20. Beverly

    My neighbor gave me a very old “Little Folks Funny Fold Blackboard” It has six sides, tri-folds, an abacus, 2 blackboards and the alphabet and numbers. The lable says No. 33. I cannot find anything about this item anywhere. He said his aunt (who is 98) played with it as a child. Any information I can find out about this would be greatly appreciated!

  21. Louis Stachiotti

    My parents bought my younger brother a “Pop Car” for Christmas sometime around 1964. it’s manufactured in Japan by the Pop Corporation It has a rechargeable battery,a separate charging unit. I need the rechargeable battery. Is there one that I could use with this car? The battery fits under the seat on the car. No one has a replacement battery. I wonder if you could help me.

  22. Dennis Sagvold

    I collect tin toy watches and an looking for information on two made in USA companies. They are Winwood and Selbros. Can you help me out ? Thank You Dennis


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Last modified: Apr 08, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps