Watching children play baseball inspired Mullany to create a new form of play that transformed his personal prospects in just a few years.
With a keen eye and mind for business, Donald Franklin Duncan Sr. brought yo-yos to the masses and inspired a new pop-culture craze.
Originally a picture-frame manufacturing business in 1908, Ohio Art Company took risks, diversified, and flourished thanks in part to the success of the now-iconic Etch A Sketch.
More than 100 years after it was founded, Radio Flyer of Chicago, Illinois continues to produce one of the most iconic symbols of childhood today, the little red wagon.
An inspired idea from two New York City artists became one of the best-selling playthings of all time.
Pressman Toy Corporation of Texas evolved from modest beginnings to become the third-largest manufacturer of games and toys in the United States.
Manhattan-based Transogram produced toys and games – many of them based on licensed popular characters – that inspired family game nights and created lasting memories.
Jack Friedman worked his way up in the toy industry to become one of the early adopters of licencing existing franchises to create best-selling toys.
Denys Fisher’s lifelong passion for math and engineering led to his creating one of the world’s most popular toys, Spirograph.
Pedro Flores left the Philippines and lived the true American Dream thanks to his invention of the Yo-yo!
Jerry Lawson rose above financial hardship and discrimination to become the first African-American video game engineer and developer.
Jim Henson was a television pioneer and innovative visual artist who raised puppeteering to a new art form.
Carol Shaw created a bestselling video game and dodged gender bias to carve out her career.
Bernard Loomis made legendary contributions to the toy industry and world of play.
Louis Marx was once referred to as “the Henry Ford of the toy industry”. He was a toy tycoon from the 1920s into the 1970s whose toys elevated playtime and inspired creativity in children around the world.
Cowen applied his talent for engineering and innate curiosity to create model trains that captured the attention of rail enthusiasts for generations.
Jerome Lemelson’s passion for technology and engineering led to advancements in toys, games, and gadgets.
Ernő Rubik evolved his idea for a simple teaching tool into an international bestselling exercise in frustration and triumph.