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unique c. 1950's polychrome lithographed tin superior service station playset - louis marx and company, new york

UR #: UR-7439-10
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louis marx and company was an american toy manufacturer from 1919 to 1978. its boxes were imprinted with the slogan, "one of original c. 1950's lithographed tin service station with excellent graphics. the highly collectible toy playset includes rooftop parking...   read more
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louis marx and company was an american toy manufacturer from 1919 to 1978. its boxes were imprinted with the slogan, "one of original c. 1950's lithographed tin service station with excellent graphics. the highly collectible toy playset includes rooftop parking with a rear ramp and car elevator, doubling as a clock tower. the car wash and sales room are located on the left. the service area and lubritorium are located on the right side. the plastic yellow gas pumps remain intact. other removable pieces may be missing from the setup. sporadic surface rust is found primarily on the metal base. measures 24 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches. manufactured by louis marx & co., new york. louis marx and company was an american toy manufacturer from 1919 to 1978. its boxes were imprinted with the slogan, "one of the many marx toys, have you all of them?" the marx logo was the letters "mar" in a circle with a large x through it, resembling a railroad crossing sign. because of this, marx toys are sometimes misidentified as "mar" toys. marx's toys included tinplate buildings, tin toys, toy soldiers, playsets, toy dinosaurs, mechanical toys, toy guns, action figures, dolls, dollhouses, toy cars, and ho scale and o scale toy trains. marx's less-expensive toys were extremely common in dime stores, and its larger, costlier toys were staples for catalog retailers such as sears and montgomery ward, especially around christmas. although the company name is now largely forgotten except by toy collectors, several of the brands it developed remain strong icons in popular culture: rock'em sock'em robots, introduced in 1964, was a marx staple for years, and its best-selling sporty big wheel tricycle, which was introduced in 1969, and became one of the most popular toys of the 1970s, is enshrined in the national toy hall of fame.

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