Pre WWII Ives Pullman Parlor Car 141 O Gauge All Orig.

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 27, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

An early 20th. century o gauge tin Ives Pullman Parlor car #141. The train car is lithographed in gray with brass plaques and trim around the windows. One of the celluloid windows has a hole and there are some minor dents and minor surface rust but overall pretty good condition. The car measures 12" long, 4" high, and 2 1/2" wide. Plaques on the sides say "PULLMAN", PARLOR CAR, 141, and "MADE IN THE IVES SHOPS". I believe this car dates to around the 1920's - which makes it close to 100 years old.

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The Ives Manufacturing Company was an American toy manufacturer from 1868 to 1932. It was founded by Edward Ives, a descendant of Plymouth colony governor William Bradford, in Plymouth, Connecticut. The company initially produced paper dolls whose limbs moved in response to hot air. Ives began producing a wide range of toys, including a toy cannon that shot using real gunpowder and clockwork powered dolls and animals that could move. The clockwork toys were designed by Jerome Secor, Nathan Warner, and Arthur Hotchkiss and by the 1880s, Ives was a leading producer of these toys.

ves became the initial American market leader in electric trains in 1910, when it introduced electric 'O' gauge versions, following from the same clockwork trains. 1 gauge electrics followed in 1912. The addition of electric trains to the line was partially in response to companies such as American Flyer undercutting its prices on clockwork trains. Ives grew to become the largest manufacturer of toy trains in the United States from 1910 until 1924. However, Ives was in for stiff competition when Lionel entered 'O' gauge in 1916 and it was exceeded in size by Lionel in 1924. In 1921, Ives changed from 1 gauge to 2-1/8" Standard Gauge introduced by Lionel, calling it Wide Gauge. Lionel fiercely targeted Ives quality in their advertising which is at least partially due to the personal rivalry between J. L. Cowen and Harry Ives, Edward Ives' son and successor. However, Ives continued to market heavily to its target audience, using the motto "Ives Toys Make Happy Boys!".