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Profiles of Ingenuity

Gain a deeper understanding of the characters – real and fictional – responsible for so many fond childhood memories.

Ohio Art Company

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.

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100 Years of Radio Flyer

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.

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Colorforms Brand, LLC

An inspired idea from two New York City artists became one of the best-selling playthings of all time.

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Pressman Toy Corporation

Pressman Toy Corporation of Texas evolved from modest beginnings to become the third-largest manufacturer of games and toys in the United States.

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Transogram – Inspiring Family Game Nights

Manhattan-based Transogram produced toys and games – many of them based on licensed popular characters – that inspired family game nights and created lasting memories.

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Jack Friedman: Toy Titan

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.

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Denys Fisher: Engineering Play

Denys Fisher’s lifelong passion for math and engineering led to his creating one of the world’s most popular toys, Spirograph.

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Pedro Flores: Craze Maker

Pedro Flores left the Philippines and lived the true American Dream thanks to his invention of the Yo-yo!

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Jim Henson: Puppet Master

Jim Henson was a television pioneer and innovative visual artist who raised puppeteering to a new art form.

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Louis Marx: Playtime Reinvented

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.

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Joshua Lionel Cowen: Fast Track to Success

Cowen applied his talent for engineering and innate curiosity to create model trains that captured the attention of rail enthusiasts for generations.

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Ernő Rubik: STEM Pioneer

Ernő Rubik evolved his idea for a simple teaching tool into an international bestselling exercise in frustration and triumph.

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