Friction Toy Plane DC-7, A A American Airlines, Tin, Litho, N303AA.
Friction Toy Plane DC-7, A A American Airlines, Four Engines, Pressed Steel, Litho, N303AA, Made In Japan.
Germany was the major producer of tin toys in the world in the early 20th century. The most famous German manufacturer of tin toys was Ernst Paul Lehmann who is said to have exported 90% of his toys. France and England joined the fray and it wasn't long before hundreds of thousands of these penny toys were being manufactured. Production of tin toys in the United States started earlier but began in earnest when tin ore mines were opened in Illinois providing easily available and cheap raw materials. A number of manufacturers scrambled to catch up at the beginning of the 20th century, but it wasn't until after World War I, with anti-German sentiment high, that they began to make real gains. There was a growing demand for American produced products and by the 1920s American firms had overtaken the competition. The largest and most successful firm from the 1920s to the 1960s was Loius Marx and Company. Marx produced a huge number of designs and depended on large sales volumes to keep prices down.
Item Code - TOY7B9452LGA
Width: 4 3/4" Height: 2 1/4" Depth: 5 3/4" Weight: 41 g