Linemar Marx Tin Lithographed Windup J-1848 Knitting “Mechanical Minnie Mouse” Disney Japanese Toy in Box *SOLD*
Linemar Marx Tin Lithographed Windup J-1848 Knitting “Mechanical Minnie Mouse” Disney Japanese Toy
This tin, lithographed, windup knitting “Mechanical Minnie Mouse” was manufactured in Japan by Louis Marx & Co. of New York City, New York under their Linemar brand.
When wound with its dedicated key Minnie rocks in her rocking chair and “knits”. The box is a reproduction box in excellent condition, but the toy is original.
Our example of this Linemar “Mechanical Minnie Mouse” is in great original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch ups. This piece may show the usual patina, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and play. It is approximately 6 ½” H. This piece would look great in any collection. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.
A brief history of Louis Marx & Company/Linemar of New York City, New York:
Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from about 1919 to 1980 founded in New York City by Louis & David Marx. Its products were often imprinted with the slogan, “One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?” Arguably, Marx was the most well-known toy companies through the late mid-20th century. Best known for their lithographed tin windup toys Marx was also one of the big four among American electric train manufacturers. An interesting fact is that Marx also successfully revived the Yo-Yo in 1928; it sold well even through the Depression.
Linemar Co. Inc. or more simply Linemar toys was the trade name under which Marx toys were manufactured in Japan, then sold in the United States and other countries. The reason to make Linemar toys in Japan was to keep costs down. Under the Linemar name, Marx produced The Flintstones and other licensed toy vehicles (Linemar Tin Toys 2015). The Linemar line also included airplanes that were produced in the colors of KLM, Pan Am and other airlines.
|Dimensions||12 × 12 × 12 in|