Sunday, March 19, 2017

Vanished Tool Makers: American Toy and Furniture Co., Inc., Chicago, Illinois


Above my Model 500 woodburning tool or "Wonder Pen" from this company.



I don't know when they started making it, but the ad below celebrates its return to production at the end of World War II:

Popular Mechanics, December 1945

Ten years later it was still doing well, with accessories in a bigger kit:
Life, November 1955
The company also made tool kits for boys:


Boys Life, January 1948

The company was co-founded by Meyer and Eleanor Rapaport.  On Meyer's death in 1959, his son Gerald gave up his career as a clinical psychologist to take over the reigns of the company. In addition to the products above, the American Toy & Furniture Company manufactured highly decorated children's furniture and games, which were sold through catalogues such as Sears, particular for the Christmas season.  Mr. Rapaport died in 1987, and the company filed for bankruptcy in December 1992.

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