O' Gauge USA trains ;- MTH, Lionel
DCC Accessories, Lenz, Power Cab, Block Signalling, Traintronic, Guagemaster, Bachmann
Vintage toys from the 1950's to 1990's
War Games, Games Workshop, Warlord, Perry Miniature, Javis Scenics, Woodlands Scenic, Noch Scenics
ALPS - Shojo
Formed in Tokyo in 1948 ALPS is generally regarded as producing some of the better quality tinplate toys throughout the post war years. Despite this success ALPS decided to change its emphasis in the early 1970's and concentrate its efforts into the more profitable consumer and industrial electronics marketplace.
ASC - Aoshin
Formed in Tokyo in 1950 its trademark logo had the letters of the company ASC within a diamond. Although successful initially, when the market place changed from tin toys towards diecast in the 1970's ASC switched to creating portrayals of animated and live-action heroes.
Formed in Tokyo in 1959 Horikawa, often thought of as a manufacturer of tin to
Founded in Tokyo, Kuramochi was producing a range of tinplate, lead and celluloid toys in the late 1920's and early 1930's and indeed Kuramochi was the largest supplier of Japanese toys prior to WWII exporting to both England and the USA where its products were distributed by the Geo. Borgfeldt Co. Following WWII two of its main employees left to form the Japanese toy companies of ALPS and Normura.
Formed in Tokyo in 1947 Marusan was initially a wholeseller/reseller of mainly tinplate and optical toys. Its roots lay in an earlier company, Ishida Manufacturing, again producing tinplate and optical items and it was its founders two sons along with a third party who were to set up Marusan. The company name and logo derive from the Japanese Maru = circle and San = three. Marusan is now one of the oldest names in the Japanese toy industry.
Masudaya - Modern Toys
Masudaya was formed in Tokyo in 1924 and is widely regarded as the oldest of Japans toy makers. Masudaya was a leading manufacturer of tinplate toys, both mechanical and battery operated, in the post war era. Its logo incorporates the letters M-T and is often refered to as Modern Toys. Masudaya produced a wide range of tinplate toys, aircraft, racing cars, military and civilian vehicles, motorbikes and space toys one of which was the classic Radicon Robot in 1957, regarded as the first remote controlled robot.
Nomura - TN
Formed in Tokyo in the mid 1940's Nomura produced tinplate toys into the late 1970's. The letters T-N within the logo means that the company is often referred to as TN Toys Nomura. It was one of the biggest and most prolific of the postwar Japanese toy makers and produced a variety of mechanical and battery operated toys, military and civilian vehicles, novelty items and space toys.
Yoneya - Yone
Formed in Tokyo Yoneya, more than often referred to simply as Yone, used the trademark of a diamond lozenge around the letters SY pre 1964 after which the trademark was changed to incorporate the name Yone again within a diamond. Yoneya produced a variety of tinplate toys including various novelty items like the Hippo Bank and several clockwork carousel type toys, military vehicles to include jeeps and tanks, civilian and racing cars as well as space toys and robots.
Founded in Tokyo in the 1950's Yonezawa, sometimes known simply as Y, was one of the most prolific of all post war Japanese toy makers. Its trademark was the letter Y within a 5 petal stylised lotus flower. Yonezawa manufactured a whole raft of different battery and mechanical tinplate toys in various catagories before it ceased production of its toys sometime in the 1970's.
Louis Marx Reference books PFPC Club, TV & Film, Comics
The Herbs, Smurfs, Magic Roundabout Post Cards
Wade Whimsie, Enesco Disney Eeyore, Louis Marx
DisneyKins, Fairykins, Flintstones, Joe90, Bednobs &
Broomsticks, The Wombles, Basil Brush Sunfresh,
Hectors House, View Master, Epithany - Feves,
Disney, Warner Bro', Hanna-Barbera