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Ohio Art Company Tin Lithographed Windup No. 97 “Injun Chief” Crawling Native American Toy for Sale


Ohio Art Company Tin Lithographed Windup “Injun Chief” Crawling Native American Toy

We have for you a tin, lithographed, windup No. 97 “Injun Chief” crawling Native American toy box that was manufactured by the Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio.

In America in the past and fairly recently in our timeline, Black Americans, Native Americans, and many immigrant groups new to the United States of America were grossly caricatured in toys and other items. These items can be very offensive, but they represent a historical record of our past, no matter how shameful that may be. We do not condone this, but we recognize that many find that this is a part of history that needs to be remembered as to not be repeated.

When wound with his dedicated key, this working piece crawls forward. The lithos on this have been washed out by lighting.

This piece is in fair/good all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch-ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, missing accessories, and wear that are to be expected from age and play. This is approximately 8” L We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.



A brief history of the Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio:


Founder: Henry Winzeler

Specialty: Metal picture frames and novelty items (1908) in Archbold, Ohio. In 1912, the company moved production to Bryan, Ohio, and began manufacturing picture frames made out of lithographed wood-grained metal sheets. In 1917, they began producing tin lithographed toys such as windmills, a climbing monkey (1917), windup toys such as the crawling Native American, colorful tea sets, trains, lunchboxes, tops, pails, planes, drums, and even cap guns. In the late 1950s, a French electrician named André Cassagnes created a drawing toy he called the “Telecran” that used a joystick, glass, and aluminum powder combination that allowed a person to draw a picture and erase it. The Telecran would be perfected and renamed the more familiar “Etch A Sketch” in the late 1950s after collaboration between many individuals. They followed up their popular Etch A Sketch with another popular toy the Bizzy Buzz Buzz (1966 to 1972) a drawing pen that looked like a bird and strongly reminds one of a tattoo gun. Although the Ohio Art Company partook in the toy industry and was very successful, their metal lithography sector remains the core part of its business and is one of the leading producers of specialty lithographic components.

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Additional information

Weight 1.25 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 9 in