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Object ID 001091

Object Name Rock Island Train cars

Object Desc Marx Toys Rock Island C.R.I & P trains. Two trains that are blue with red on the inside.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY000959a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Toys


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Hallway Shelf 1

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Marx Toys,train,toys,metal toys,railroading,

Title Rock Island Train cars

Description Marx Toys Rock Island Train. It is number 552 and says "C.R.I.&P." There are two blue trains (a and b) with red on the inside. Bottom of train says "Made In U.S.A."


Approx Collection Date

Height 2

Length 6.5

Width 2

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 2



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Marx Toys

Maker Details Founded in 1919 in New York City by Louis Marx and his brother David, the company's basic aim was to "give the customer more toy for less money," and stressed that "quality is not negotiable" - two values that made the company highly successful. Initially, after working for Ferdinand Strauss, Marx, born in 1894, was a distributor with no products or manufacturing capacity (King 1986, 188). Marx raised money as a middle man, studying available products, finding ways to make them cheaper, and then closing sales. Enough funding was raised to purchase tooling for two obsolete tin toys - called the Alabama Coon Jigger and Zippo the Climbing Monkey - from previous employer Strauss (Time Magazine 1955; King 1986, 188). With subtle changes, Marx was able to turn these toys into hits, selling more than eight million of each within two years. Another success was the "Mouse Orchestra" with tinplate mice on piano, fiddle, snare, and one conducting (King 1986, 188-189).

Maker Mark


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Date NOV 24,2013

Summary Fair

Assessor Rachel Baker

Notes Colors are discolored.


Date NOV 24,2013

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 1, Shelf 10 from Room 1, Shelf 9 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 8,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Hallway Shelf 1 from Room 1, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin