Marx toys were made from 1919 until 1978. By 1955, the firm had tin toy factories in ten different countries, including Japan, with divisions such as Linemar.
Louis Marx was sixteen when he had to help support the family and started working at the Ferdinand J. Strauss Company, a toy factory that produced for the Abraham & Strauss Department Stores. At the time, Strauss was a true pioneer in the tinplate toys industry.
At the age of 20, Louis' zealousness helped him to become manager. But in 1919 he was fired and decided to start his own business and founded the Louis Marx & Co.
Marx toys are one of the most popular among today's tin toy collectors.
Louis Marx started his company with basically empty hands. He had no machinery, no money, no patents, not did he have customers. But he immediately started contracting with toy producers to manufacture tin toys that Louis himself designed.
David Marx, his younger brother, joined him and became the man behind the operations while Louis had the designing and business skills. The company of the two brothers Marx would eventually grow to be the world's biggest tin toy producer. Also partly due to two policies: "Give the customer more toy for less money" and "Quality is not negotiable".
From 1921, Louis Marx Co. was able to start manufacturing toys independently and with their own designs.Kooky Spooky tree:
Louis wan't only an expert at designing toys, he was also very good with marketing them. Offering quality at the lowest price possible, Marx' toys became popular, and that's why he had no need for lots of advertising. By the 1930s, Louis Marx built three new factories, one in Erie, one in Girard (both in Pennsylvania), and the third in Glendale, West Virginia.
After WW2, Marx returned to the number 1 largest manufacturer of toys in the world: Louis Marx, The Toy King.
Unfortunately, on the 11th August 1992, Louis Marx & Co.. dissolved, even after a few attempts to keep the firm going. In 1982, at the age of 85, Louis Marx died.
Looking for a value or price guide for your Marx toy? Leave your comment below.
Flo Harper - April 19, 2015
Hi, I just bought a Marx friction stand up toy."Marcie Ketchup"! Box is worn tin toy has original string holding toy! value?
Vikki - September 23, 2014
I have a tin goose that is a wind-up, walks and lays golden eggs. Can anyone tell me when it was manufactured and it's worth today?
Stuart Fuse - September 17, 2014
I have two 1930's/40's Marx trailers that are missing the front wheels trailer hitch part. Can anyone help me to find them?
-►reply: Also ask the repair shops I have listed on my 'link' page.
Eddie Bateson - July 1, 2012
I have obtained a number of antique tin cars from my Uncle and have no idea what they may be worth. Two of them are Marx racers (yellow, green wheels and a blue top) that I can't find on the Internet. Could someone help me to find my way or a value to them. They were made in 1920.
Helen Katz - April 19, 2012
I have a wind-up car, a checker cab driven by a girl, circa mid-1950s. It's a bit rusted, half the girl's head is gone- but it still works (somewhat sluggishly)!!! It rides in a straight line until reaching the end of the table, or any other obstacle...then turns by itself! Any info about this model? Can;t find a photo of it anywhere. How could I get it repaired? Thanks! Helen
►reply: Hi! Difficult to say, Marx made many cabs. You can try Google images to find your car and eBay Completed Auctions to see what it can fetch.
Alice Deck - May 15, 2011
We have a 6 wheel chain drive tractor with little farmer guy driving. He even has a polka-dotted kerchief in his pocket.It goes forward and back. We have replaced the rubber trackers. Nice red color with blue wheels...Would like to know appx worth? Thank you, Alice
►reply: I don't know Alice, maybe you'll find more luck on this website: toysofthepast.com
Helen Watts - May 6, 2011
Hi All,A friend of mine has a boxed Louis Marx - (smoking ) HO steam elactric train set ( Serial Num 6096, wheel arrangement is ( 464 with an 8 wheel tender ). We are not sure of its age or value and wondered if anyone could give us some information, Thank you regards Helen
Gary Wermuth - February 17, 2011
Some time ago, I purchased a flippo the dog toy. I have two questions. The first being, is there any reliable place where I can get the spring fixed. It seems that it just needs to be re-wound. I took the body off of the toy, not damaging anything, but I cannot get it re-wound. The second question regarding this toy is, I am not sure of the age. this is definitely a colored model of the toy, and not a black and white toy from the 40's. I am confused though, as I saw one that looks just like mine that said Line Mar toys. Mine definitely has the Marx logo. Any help that you could give me regarding these tow issues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Gary
►reply: Line Mar and Marx are closely related, take a look at my Linemar toys page for more info on Line Mar. As for repair, there are companies specialized in fixing (old) tin toys, for example: Randys Toyshop.
Michael Dandy - December 26, 2010
I was wondering if anyone had any info on a trans-atlantic zeppelin wind-up toy that was produced by the mar company
Kim Godden - November 30, 2010
I have been clearing my uncles mums house and have come across a toy which is a large train which has the trade mark Marx toys made in england it is called the chief and has the number 86 on it does anyone know anymore about it?
Malcolm Perrin - November 23, 2010
I have written on the box a marx-a-copter it is a helicopter which rotates from a central pillar, it goes forwards backwards up.
►reply: The Marx-A-Copter was made in 1961-1962 and was similir to Mattel's VertiBird. There was also a Space version. It came with a record (33.3 RPM) with background sounds. Value depends on state.
Beverley - November 21, 2010
I have found a colourful face guitar with a short handle with a hat thats a bell. When you push him along his tongue goes in and out and his eyes blink. when was this made? And is he rare?
►reply: D. Dean stands for 'David Dean', the designer of the 'The Munchie Bunch' series, produced by Marx toys in the sixties. Yours could be the 'Bittie Banjo' or the 'Gabbie Guitar'.
Roy Batley - November 4, 2010
Hello, I have turned out my loft and come across a Louis Marx 'Match Play' Golf set. I don't know when it was made but I guess 70's by the flared trousers worn by those on the box illustration. It is complete in it's box and the green sponge driving range is as new. The game reference number is 3244 and if anyone does know when this was maufactured I would really like to know.
Charlotte Littlefield - September 13, 2010
I am the proud owner of an Amos and Andy tin car and I would like to find out more of the history of it. It belonged to my Uncle who died in 1955 and is the only thing I have of his.
►reply: Amos 'n Andy was a radio and TV show that dominated the ratings from 1928 through the 60's until it was sold by CBS in '66. The toy, made by Marx from the early days of the radio series, shows Amos and Andy riding in their open air taxi.
Ronald Dean - August 15, 2010
I had gone to a little corner store (mom and pop), with my grandfather, when I was eight years old. I saw this rocket ship called ROCKET RACER , I had to have it. Whatever it cost was a lot of money to spend on any toy. But a grandfathers love is special. Well I got it back to their house (in the country) and played with it for a little while until it was time for me to go back to the city. They would not alow me to take it with me. Instead my grandmother wrapped it in a dish towel and put in the corner of a drawer and would only take it out when I was there so I could play with it. I played with it before I went to Viet Nam and when I got back. My grandparents have passed away I am 63 years old, As I write this I am so looking at that little rocket racer setting on my desk at this moment (I LOVE THEM SO). Thank you.