Girard Model Works, Inc.

Frank E. Wood (1919-1922) founded the company (also known as Girard Mfg. Co. 1922-1935 and The Toy Works, 1935-1975) in Girard, Pennsylvania. Famous for their spinning tops, skates, banks, trains, trucks and military vehicles.

In the late 1920s, Girard toys made Louis Marx a commission agent and for several years produced toys under the Marx brand label, along with its own line of steel autos, trucks, and trains, which were produced at Girard Motor Works.

Marx and Girard toys are for all intents indistinguishable (a few of the Girard toys bore the slogan "Making Childhood's Hour Happier"). Girard declared bankruptcy in 1934, although toy production continued until 1975. Quaker Oats had bought out Marx's interest in Girard when they bought Marx's American and English toy division 1972.

Updated: 28 September 2021

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Comments (13)
Lou - April 23, 2020
i have a girard 30 dump wondering what size batteries it took,evidently not all there
Not sure, but if you look here, you might come across some listings with more info: Girard trucks.
Mike - December 30, 2017
I have a vintage metal nutcracker that indicates on its handle "Woods patent Aug 15 1833 Alright Mfg Girard PA." The nutcracker needs some restoration, but I cannot find a picture of one to see what it should look like. Can you provide any help / insight.Thank you in advance. Mike Bishop
It's always difficult to find the exact same you have, and the older it gets, the more difficult it becomes. I always check out Google Images. Click here and maybe you'll find yours. Good luck!
Rebecca - October 27, 2016
I have an old Girard Model What the Stars Say, Read Your Destiny spinning fortune toy. Any info on these?
Sorry, no idea. Could only find one reference to it through Google.
Karen - April 26, 2015
Hi, I am looking for cast scientific models by Girard Models from Penfield, NY. Ones of single atoms, diatoms, nuclei, etc. that I saw in science lab in a college. Do you carry these or know info about sourcing? I have photos if that would help. Thanks. Karen
I can't find any info on this I'm afraid. But I think you're looking for another Girard company than this one.
Frank - November 15, 2013
I have a Girard Works, Transformer Power House. It has yellow/red building with black base all tin and has Girard Works name on it. I would like to know the age and history of this item and just some kind of value, if any. Thanks
Sherry - February 21, 2013
We just acquired a wind-up railroad hand car tin toy that looks exactly like the ones I'm seeing all over the Internet as Girard's. The only difference is that it does NOT have the Girard logo on the men's pants.
You mean like this one? Not sure. Marx Toys bought Girard in 1934 so maybe this toy was made in that year or later. Or it was restored at some point and the new paint covered the logo.
Mark - February 9, 2013
I have a old Fire Chief car Girard Model i can send some picsI was just wandering how much it is worth
Check out the completed listings of the Fire Chief on eBay.
Nancy - January 10, 2013
I have a pool/billiards table that was made by C G Woods. It is a Modern Boy Metal Game. Made in 1923. Can you tell me anything else about this toy. Wish I could send you a picture. Very Good shape with all original pieces.
This antique Modern Boy toy pool table was manufactured during 1918 and 1923 by the C.G. Wood Company. In 1924 the company changed its name to Girard Toys. On ebay there was one sold last november for only 13 USD and on Etsy for 88 USD. Seems that the value varies extremely:
Wayne - May 15, 2012
Can you recomend a place to get repro parts for pressed steel cars and trucks
Best is to look for some tin toy repair shops and ask them.
Lynne - January 10, 2012
I have a Girard tin wagon being pulled by 2 horses also made of tin. It is 11 1/2" long and cannot find any information on its value. I appreciate any info you can provide.
I can't help you with that, sorry, best is to try and find an equal toy, for example through google images and try different search queries.
Descoteaux - April 9, 2011
Bonjour , je voudrais avoir si possible des informations sur le jeu American Marble Game . C'est marquer sur la boite made by the girard model wks . , girardpa .new york off . 200 5 th ave .
Je suis désolé mais je n'ai aucune idée...
Stephanie - November 17, 2010
I have a No.9 Electric Range made by The Girard Model Metal Works Inc.from PA. It has its box. what can you tell me about this?
It's a toy electric stove from Girard, value depends on state & demand.
Deb - August 27, 2010
I am trying to find out information on a tin bank made by the Girade model works inc. It says on it Benjamin Franklin Thrift Bank Can u tell me anything about it?