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Marx Lithographed Tin Windup Popeye in Airplane for Sale


Marx Lithographed Tin Windup Popeye in Airplane

Iconic tin windup airplane by Marx.  This is the more desirable of the variations with extremely colorful lithography and glossy bright colors.

Size is around 8″ wingspan x 8″ length x 5.5″ high.

The windup on this is strong and has a great action– hold the wheels and wind it up, put it on the ground and wheels spin forward, then the toy jerks and rotates (front roll-bar gear helps), direction reverses, the toy head jerks around randomly, then the direction keeps alternating.  It is a classic action, similar to the Krazy Car and Marx Charlie McCarthy windup cars.

Condition is excellent and all original.  Lithography has light scratches per Marx’s mass production methods.  Popeye’s neck is relatively clean as are the wheels with very light wear; likely collector owned its for much of the toy’s life.

Popeye the Sailor is a cartoon fictional character created by Elzie Crisler Segar. The character first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929, and Popeye became the strip’s title in later years. Popeye has also appeared in theatrical and television animated cartoons. -Wikipedia.



A brief history of Louis Marx & Company 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.

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Additional information

Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 14 × 10 in