Also called Tootsies. Famous for their miniature die-cast cars, trains, and planes. The company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1890s by Charles O. and Samuel Dowst.By the early 1920s the name 'tootsie' was being used but the brand name Tootsietoy (named after Dowst granddaughter, Toots) was introduced and registered as a trade mark in 1924 when Dowst started a line of doll furniture.
In 1926 Tootsietoy merged with Cosmo Mfg., acquired Strombeck-Becker toy line in 1961 and made a name change as Strombecker Corp.
Links & contact
- Pre-war Tootsietoy history
- Official Tootsietoy website & contact info
- More Tootsietoy models and history
- Private Tootsietoy seller
- Tootsies on Etsy
Jill - November 13, 2011
i have a blue(worn) tootsietoy jaguar XK 140 chicago 24 USA...was wondering how old it is?
►reply: Probably early 1960's
Ray - September 22, 2010
I just found a pair of horse and driver motorized for a track. The box said Dowst manufacturing? I would like to know what I have.