Marx Tin Lithograph Moon Mullins and Kayo Hand Car Windup Toy with Moon Mullins & the Plushbottom Twins Book for Sale *pending*
Marx Tin Lithograph Moon Mullins and Kayo Hand Car Windup Toy with Moon Mullins & the Plushbottom Twins Book
We have for you today a ca. 1935 Louis Marx & Company tin lithograph Moon Mullins and Kayo hand car windup toy. Included with this toy is a Moon Mullins & the Plushbottom Twins Big Little Book #1134 by Frank Willard.
This highly desirable highly colored lithographed hand car depicts the comic duo of Moon Mullins and his younger brother Kayo pumping up and down on a hand car while Kayo stands on a crate of dynamite. In the classic comic, “Moon” is a lowbrow prize fighter that is always strapped for cash who travels around with his urchin kid brother Kayo “KO” who sleeps in a drawer.
This hand car has a dedicated windup key and when wound the Moon and Kayo pump up and down as the car travels in a straight line. Note that one axle pivots to make corners around a track or for turns on the floor. The windup mechanism works wonderfully. The lithos on this piece are very strong overall with the usual patina, scratches, scuffs and chips that are seen with age and play. They are approximately 6” x 1 ¾” x 6”. This piece is in excellent condition and would be great in any to collection.
Included with this toy is a classic 1935 First Edition Whitman Publishing Big Little Book #1134, Moon Mullins and the Plushbottom Twins by Frank Willard. The book is based on the Moon Mullins comic strip. This book is a small, compact book designed with a captioned illustration opposite each page of text. This little book is 432 long which is thicker and bigger than a comic book, but a touch less than a novel.
We encourage you to examine the photographs to get a better idea of condition and quality.
A Brief History of Louis Marx & Company:
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.