Item/Description: Vintage ca 1960s-1980s Ohio Art tin litho spinning top toy #307 H 179.
***Tin lithography imagery remains vibrantly, eye-catchingly colorful. The theme of the toy is that of “a locomotive train engine pulling six (6) cars filled with children/child passengers”.
Excerpted Online Research Information About Ohio Art Company (attributed to http://www.ohioart.com/our_story.jsp): “It all began in 1908 when Henry Simon Winzeler started a manufacturing company in a rented band hall in Archbold, Ohio. Naming it the Ohio Art Company to reflect his lifelong interest in art, he set about producing metal picture frames and other novelty items to be sold to leading retail stores across the nation.
In 1912, the company moved to Bryan, Ohio and had early success with the Cupid Awake/Cupid Asleep picture frames. That year Ohio Art also installed metal lithography equipment and began to produce wood-grained metal sheets, which were then formed into picture frames.
Capitalizing on its metal stamping and printing capabilities, Ohio Art entered the toy business with windmills in 1917 and a "climbing monkey" in 1919. As the American toy industry grew during and after World War I, Ohio Art's toy production expanded to include colorful tea sets and drums.
In the late 1950's, Andre Cassagnes, an electrician in France, stumbled upon the idea of creating a drawing toy with a joystick, glass and aluminum powder. Cassagnes called this early concept, the "Telecran," which, through relationships with key business partners, made its way to Winzeler. Winzeler connected Cassagnes with Jerry Burger, Chief Engineer at the Ohio Art Company, so they could collaborate and perfect the system. The system they developed in the late 1950s is the same system that is at the core of the Etch A Sketch® today.
Also in the 1950's, W.C. Killgallon joined the Ohio Art Company. Today the Ohio Art Company is still operated by the Killgallon family.
In 1960, the Etch A Sketch went into production and the first one rolled off the Bryan, Ohio factory line on July 12, 1960.
Today, Etch A Sketch®, which recently marked its 50th anniversary, continues to be a cornerstone brand for the Ohio Art Company. In addition to Etch A Sketch®, Ohio Art proudly markets specialty toys including K's Kids®, a series of toys specially developed for babies and toddlers; nanoblock®, the world's smallest building block system which was recently named Best Toy of the Year Award at the ASTRA trade show in 2011; and CLICS®, a colorful single block construction system for preschoolers that lets them use their imagination to create anything from animals to vehicles.
Ohio Art has come a long way since the early 1900s, but metal lithography remains a core part of our business today. Ohio Art is one of the leading producers of specialty lithographic components serving a diverse customer base including Disney, Starbucks, Altoids and Coca-Cola.
Ohio Art is committed to developing innovative toys that encourage creativity and learning while providing hours of enjoyment, encouraging self expression and promoting positive development.”
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1960s-1980s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underside of top is marked “Ohio Art - Bryan, Ohio 43506 U.S.A. - 307 H 179".
Material(s)/Format: Tin litho body; wooden handle.
Size/Measurements: Approximately 7" in diameter x approximately 7" H.
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Top remains in very good, properly functioning and aesthetically pleasing condition, exhibiting marks and wear consistent with its vintage, previously played with status.