First manufactured cast-iron toys like horse-drawn wagons and fire engines, but also made circus trains and cap guns. Toy model cars became the headliners in the 1930s.
Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1894 and still exists. See also Hubley Mfg. Co.
Also known as: Lancaster Brand Iron Toys. John E. Hubley originally manufactured electric toy train equipment and parts. Purchased Safety Buggy Co. factory and moved to site in 1909.
By quickly converting to cheaper smaller toys during the Depression, they avoided financial woes experienced by many other toy companies. Iron shortages in WWII and commitments to fill war contracts did stop the toy division in 1942, until after the war. The name was later changed to Gabriel Industries and still existed as a division of CBS as of 1978.
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