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History Of Tin Toys

Mamod Company


The Mamod company was a British toy manufacturer specializing in building live steam models. The company was founded in 1935 in Birmingham in the British midlands by Geoffrey Malins. The first models produced were of stationary steam engines, the company later also creating models of road rollers, traction engines and steam cars. These models were aimed at the toy market, so were simple to operate and ran at low boiler pressures for safety but were not accurate scale models.



..or Maerklin is a German toy company, founded in 1859. Although it originally specialised in doll house accessories, today it is best known for model railways and technical toys. In some parts of Germany, the company's name is almost synonymous with model railroads.

Märklin released its first wind-up train with cars that ran on expandable track in 1891.


Louis Marx & Co. 

Founded 1919. Marx toys is by far one of the most recognized, respected and popular names among today's antique toy collectors. Marx and his brother David incorporated, founding the company that bore his name. Initially working as a middle man, Marx was soon able to purchase tooling to manufacture toys himself. By 1951, Marx's company had 12 factories worldwide and for much of the 1950s it was the largest toy manufacturer in the world adding most of the success to Sears, Roebuck catalog sales and the many themed playsets available.

 Learn all you need to Know about Marx toys and the man behind them

Masudaya , Modern Toys


Founded 1923, Tokyo, Japan.

Masudaya was a leading builder of mechanical and battery operated toys in the post war period, and unlike most of their competitors, has managed to survive to this day. Masudaya normally identifies their toys using the M-T, or Modern Toys logo.

The Mettoy Company

The Mettoy company was founded by German emigree Philip Ullmann in 1933, who set up a business in Stimpson Avenue, Northampton, England. Ullmann had twenty one years experience running his own toy company in Germany called Tipp, and he was soon joined by South African born German, Arthur Katz, who had worked for him there. In the 1940s and 1950s Mettoy produced a range of die-cast model vehicles which, although crude, proved to be popular and Ullmann and Katz realised that a wider range of toy cars could not only be profitable, but could also break the stranglehold that Meccano's range of Dinky Toys had over the market.


Meccano was invented in 1901 in England by Frank Hornby and manufactured by the British company, Meccano Ltd

 Frank Hornby, invented and patented a new toy called "Mechanics Made Easy" that was based on the principles of mechanical engineering.It was a model construction kit consisting of perforated metal strips, plates and girders, with wheels, pulleys, gears and axles for mechanisms and motion, and nuts and bolts to connect the pieces. Hornby registered the Meccano trade mark, and in May 1908, he formed Meccano Ltd. To keep pace with demand.



Founded in 1902 by Rafael Paya, the local tinsmith. Four years later Rafael's sons Pascual, Emilio and Vincente built the first toy factory in Spain. By the 1920s Paya's toys were considered the equal of then great and famous toy makers to the north. Not only was Paya quality the equal of Marklin of Germany, but Paya's colors and imprints were graphically more interesting, precise and bolder.

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Piko history


Piko started operations 1949 in Chemnitz. Piko was once a state-owned enterprise in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) which produced model railways and accessories. Today the denationalized enterprise named as PIKO Spielwaren GmbH. It also let company to establish among Märklin, Fleischmann and Roco as "the fourth biggest" in model railways market with a complete offer in the very much spread H0 scale.