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#1 Endlesstreadallen OFFLINE  

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Posted December 05, 2013 - 08:21 PM

Pictures of toy cars I collect. They were made a a local college as a fund raising project in my home town during the early 1930's

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Posted December 05, 2013 - 08:25 PM

cool
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Posted December 05, 2013 - 08:25 PM

Pretty neat fund raiser !   Do you how long and how many they made ?


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Posted December 05, 2013 - 08:34 PM

Those are awesome. :rocker2:


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Posted December 05, 2013 - 09:00 PM

Looks like you're a neighbor to me, Shenandoah Valley.   Always good to find another neighbor. 

 

Which college made those things?

 

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Posted December 05, 2013 - 09:11 PM

They were sold by Woolworths and Kresgres which is now K-Mart. Somewhere around 200,000 were made. They were sold for 10 and 15 cents. They were made for two years in 1933 and 1934. The goverment shut them down because they were using student labor. If you google "cast aluninum toys made in Harrisonburg Va." You can read the story.
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Posted December 05, 2013 - 09:55 PM

Of course the government shut them down, that was during the FDR years.  :mad2:

 

http://mennonitearch..._Vol_6_No_1.pdf

 

Interesting that Hubley is related.  They looked like Hubley designs. 

 

I'm pulling by Eastern Mennonite University at least once a week supporting contractors in the area with rental equipment.  I never knew they had made toys, though.  Now that you juggle my mind, at one point that there was something like what you show in a glass case at the EMU library.  I never paid much attention, though. 

 

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Posted December 06, 2013 - 12:59 AM

10 to 15 cent's, heck I'd give you a brand new 20 dollar bill for them........ :bigrofl: ..... they are really cool, I've got some old match box cars I had as a kid in the cases out in the shed, thank's for sharing 


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Posted December 06, 2013 - 07:39 AM

Why is the hood a different piece/color? Does it open to show the engine?


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Posted December 06, 2013 - 07:18 PM

The cars and racers were cast in two pieces and then held together by the axles. Each part painted different colors. A engineer who worked for Hubley helped to design the toys. He also was a minister and contributor to the college. At that time the college was Eastern Mennonite College it is now Eastern Mennonite University. The toys are called Sharon toys which was the name of the community where the college is located. Included are some pictures showing the under side of the toys. No name on toys just mold letters and numbers in case there was a flaw in cast they could throw out the bad one.

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Posted December 06, 2013 - 09:26 PM

The cars and racers were cast in two pieces and then held together by the axles. Each part painted different colors. A engineer who worked for Hubley helped to design the toys. He also was a minister and contributor to the college. At that time the college was Eastern Mennonite College it is now Eastern Mennonite University. The toys are called Sharon toys which was the name of the community where the college is located. Included are some pictures showing the under side of the toys. No name on toys just mold letters and numbers in case there was a flaw in cast they could throw out the bad one.

That's a very nice collection with an interesting purpose. The designs were ahead of thier time for 1933-34. Hubley used the same assembly principals a little over 20 years later. The girls in my family bought me this Hubley '55 or '56 GMC last October. Each color is a separate piece, all assembled after painting. The green wrecker body is 3 separate pieces.

 

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