Museum logo
Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object ID # 1968.003.014
Object Name Toy, Mechanical
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 1937?
Year Range from 1930
Year Range to 1940
Artist Louix Marx & Co.
Made Louis Marx & Co.
Place of Origin New York, United States
Description "Busy Bridge" LOUIS MARX & CO. lithographed metal toy bridge (a wind-up toy)
There is colourful lithographic printing on the tin. Some collectors refer to these as "Traffic Toys". The Louis Marx museum website says that the "Busy Bridge" traffic toy was introduced in 1937. It has 6 cars and buses on it.

Makers mark Printed lettering
Provenance This item was last owned by Mr. R. W. "Bert" Menzies of Owen Sound, Ontario. This item was likely play with by someone younger in his family.

Louis Marx & Co. was founded in 1919 by Louis and David Marx in Erie, Pennsylvania. Louis Marx was born in 1896 to Jacob and Clara Lou Marx in Brooklyn, NY, and after graduating from high school he worked at Ferdinand Strauss, a manufacturer of early mechanical toys. The Louis Marx & Co. business became the dominant American manufacturer of tin toys. At first, Marx mostly marketed toys from other factories from overseas, but they gradually built up their U.S. production capacity by renting factory space from Carter Toys in Erie.
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions W-4.3 L-61 D-19 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Menzies, R. W.
Function Plaything, likely intended for a boy to play with.