Louis Marx and Company was an American toy manufacturer in business from 1919 to 1978. Its products were often imprinted with the slogan, “One of the many Marx toys, have you all of them?”
Founded in 1919 by Louis and his brother they produced a very wide range of toys (early tinplate and later plastic). They even sold 100 million yo-yos during the 1920’s. Marxs’ capacity to make cheaper toys than the competition actually saw its revenue grow during the Great Depression. At its peak, Marx had 3 manufacturing plants in the USA, but by 1955 was manufacturing toys overseas as well. Quoted in Time Magazine 1955 as ‘Toy King of the United States’ . A variety of factors contributed to the demise of Marx which saw its last factory closed in 1980.
Many toys are now very collectable, especially the early tinplate types. These Lonesome Pine house trailers are typical of the period lithograph styled toys.