The Louis Marx and Company produced toys from the 1920’s up until the late 1970’s and are part of the golden timeline of toy manufacturing in America. Instant classics and popular with children for generations, the company produced mechanical tin plate marvels with highly detailed lithograph graphics and detailed realistic designs. Every kid wanted a Marx toy for christmas. Each box contained the famous slogan “one of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?” Every toy was marked with the letters Mar in the center of a circle and an X going through it. Marx produced toys for the mass market and reserved their special lines for the wealthier class. Toy collectors across the world now enjoy adding these American classics to their collection.
The company was established in 1919 by Louis Marx and his brother David Marx in New York City with the promise of making toys that everybody could afford. The yo-yo is a signature Marx toy, although it was not invented by the company. Instead, Marx Company understood which toys would become popular and began producing their own versions.
The 1930s were very successful years for Marx and their toys captured the imagination of children and adults alike. By the 1950s, the company had grown to became one of the largest manufacturer of toys. In the 1960’s, Marx introduced one of their most popular toys, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. This became an instant hit with the space generation. Robots were a major toy trend in America and Marx hit the bullseye with this toy.
Today, Marx is now owned by Mattel and while the toys may not have the same charm and appeal to collectors, many examples of the early work still exist for you to collect.