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.

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.

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.

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.

Pedro Flores: Craze Maker

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

Jerry Lawson: Changing How We Play Video Games

Jerry Lawson rose above financial hardship and discrimination to become the first African-American video game engineer and developer.

Carol Shaw: Pioneering Video Game Designer

Carol Shaw created a bestselling video game and dodged gender bias to carve out her career.

Bernard Loomis: The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning

Bernard Loomis made legendary contributions to the toy industry and world of play.

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.

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.

Jerome Lemelson: Technology Innovator

Jerome Lemelson’s passion for technology and engineering led to advancements in toys, games, and gadgets.

A.C. Gilbert: Master of Innovation

A.C. Gilbert left a promising career in medicine to create toy kits that inspired generations of engineers, scientists, and tinkerers.